Tom Sykes believes it will be the 'smartest team', as well as the fastest rider, that will prevail on the World Superbike Championship's maiden foray to the new Moscow Raceway, and he is confident Kawasaki can adopt that status.

Continuing to hold down third place in the overall standings, despite a frustrating weekend last time out at Silverstone, Sykes is looking forward to travelling to Russia, where he will be competing on the brand-new Moscow Raceway for the first time.

Prior to the race weekend getting underway, an official group test has been arranged on the Wednesday to allow the teams additional track time, something Sykes is keen to make the most of.

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Indeed, the Briton feels the unknown nature of the Moscow Raceway could shake up the order and reward those that take best advantage of the extra running.

"I am looking forward to the Moscow race and it will be a new adventure for everyone. I am particularly looking forward to the one-day test to try and put some more miles under the belt and improve our race weekend.

"I think that this coming round will be very interesting and I am quite sure it will not only be the fastest rider but also probably the smartest team that wins.

"I am confident in Kawasaki and all of the team and I am sure we can have a good weekend. I have not heard much about the racetrack but I have seen a little video of it. I will go in there with an open mind. It is a new part of the world to me so I hopefully it will give me good memories to take back home."