Tom Sykes says he is travelling to the Czech Republic for the ninth round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship feeling extra confident after unlocking more pace from the Kawasaki at the recent Motorland Aragon test.
The British rider suffered a disappointing race day last time out at Motorland Aragon after a podium finish was scuppered by a last lap clash with Ayrton Badovini, his sole eighth place finish in race two unable to prevent him dropping to fifth in the standings.
Nonetheless, Sykes – who scored his and Kawasaki's sixth pole position of the season in Spain – feels race day at Aragon wasn't indicative of the ZX-10R's pace, as represented by a successful post-event test that saw him set the quickest time.
Continuing the develop the bike for the second half of the season, Sykes is confident the solutions found in Spain will benefit him in the Czech Republic this weekend.
“It was a good two day test for us last week and we certainly found out a bit of information that we will see how that goes for us in Brno. We tested at Aragon again and we have done some amount of laps round there in the past few weeks!
“Brno next and it is an awesome circuit, one that I really love. The layout is great for the riders and it is a well thought-out circuit. It has a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully now the Ninja ZX-10R has will have an even better feel with the front end and I am a bit more excited to go there after our successful test. I cannot wait for Friday morning free practice.”
Though he hasn't stood on the podium since Donington Park, Sykes is just 3.5 points shy of his best-ever WSBK points' haul, achieved in 2009 as a Yamaha rider, while he is already Kawasaki's most successful rider over a single season since Akira Yanagawa scored 247 points on the way to fifth overall in 2000.