Tom Sykes feels Kawasaki's step forward in set-up at Brno puts him in a good position to challenge for World Superbike Championship victory on home soil at Silverstone.

The British rider has come under pressure in recent rounds to maximise his stunning qualifying form, which has now seen him take seven pole positions in nine attempts, but a brace of close second place finishes behind Marco Melandri in the Czech Republic provided a significant boost in confidence.

Delighted to see the ZX-10R is still making progress as the season continues, Sykes is particularly excited to be competing in front of the home crowd as he looks to consolidate his third place in the standings.

"I am looking forward to getting to Silverstone to ride in front of a home crowd. If the weather is anything like as nice it has been in the last week then all the better. Going there, especially off the back of a strong weekend in Brno, is a little bit more exciting. I am looking forward to it even more.

We made another step in the set-up of the Ninja ZX-10R last time out and that was witnessed by a lot of people. When the bike is working at its absolute best they can see how much better a job I can do. I am confident that when we nail the set-up each time I will be able to back up my strong qualifying performances.

"Our good results are due to a lot of hard work from Kawasaki, the team, and all our technical suppliers. I am glad we had two good races in Brno and grateful for the way things turned out, but to get two really good results in front of a home round means I will be even more satisfied.

"Sometimes at home rounds I find myself short of time because I know so many people, and we get to do more signing sessions, etc, so there are a few elements of preparation you have to keep focused on at your home races."

Sykes didn't race at Silverstone last season after an ankle injury sustained in free practice ruled him out for the remainder of the weekend.