Fresh from his marvellous double victory on home soil at Donington Park, another strong World Superbike weekend at Portimao could see Tom Sykes notch up another minor landmark for Kawasaki by moving into the championship lead.

The Briton's two wins at Donington Park have moved him just four points shy of Sylvain Guintoli in the overall standings, leaving him well positioned to assume the lead if he maintains his strong form in Portugal this weekend.

Indeed, though Sykes came remarkably close last season, it would actually be the first time a Kawasaki rider has been positioned atop the standings since Scott Russell won the title back in 1993.

A winner at the undulating Portuguese venue last season, Sykes is confident he can maintain he can maintain his momentum.

"I think it is safe to say that we have kept our feet on the ground after our first double win at Donington. Race weekends do not get any better than that and we took the maximum in all ways. The bad news is that we can only equal it again now! But the good news is that if we can do it again we will be in a really good situation.

"Both the Ninja ZX-10R and I have been fast in Portugal recently so I'm honestly really looking forward to it. Expectations will be high of course but I feel we have a good package to keep working forward with. I think Portimao is even more intense than Donington, very physical for the arms. The hills and so on are a bit extreme, almost too much but the beauty is that it is the same for everybody.

"I am sure we can get the Kawasaki working strongly and we need to keep the momentum going there. Racing is a massive team effort nowadays. A few years ago I thought that a strong rider could always make that last little bit of difference, and of course he still can, but I have learned a bit more since then.

"I think it is clear to understand that not only do you need to be a good rider you also need every single person involved to be in good working order. Luckily I have a very good blend of people around me and we are all working at a high level."

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