Defending champion Tom Sykes says he is ready for the opening round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship season after concluding another successful private test at Jerez.

The curtain raiser takes place at Phillip Island on 21-23 February, with the first and only 'official' test scheduled in the week before on the 17-18 February, but having been the notable front runner in each private test leading to Australia, Sykes has reason to be confident.

Indeed, Sykes - who ended the two days at Jerez a tenth faster than Kawasaki team-mate Loris Baz - feels Kawasaki have made a series of 'small changes' which will make the 2014-specification ZX-10R more competitive.

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"Overall we got some good work done even though the weather was wet and inconsistent. We found some small but good things at this test. The set-up changes we have made in the winter have improved our performance in the kind of windy conditions we had today.

"The small changes we made in the balance of the bike this winter have helped with the front end feeling. Both the bike and I are ready to go racing and I am looking forward to being in Australia this time next week. We still have two good testing days ahead of us shortly before the race weekend and there we can really just put to bed our last remaining few items.

"We will be fully ready for race weekend. The atmosphere and environment in our team is very calm and we are looking forward to see how we can start the season."