Tom Sykes says the decision to amend the schedule for the World Superbike Championship race day has created 'a few headaches' within his team, adding that it will be quite intense physically during the hotter events.

The first European round of the 2014 season saw the introduction of an earlier and more compact WSBK race day schedule, with the first race now taking place at 9.30GMT and the second occurring at 12.30.

Indeed, the cooler temperatures of the first race caught a handful of teams out, with both Aprilia riders Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri remarking that their tyre choice was incorrect as they struggled to keep up with the pace.

With less than two hours between the end of the first race and the start of the second one, Aragon double winner Sykes admits there is a new intensity to the schedule that has created some problems for both himself and the team.

"This different timetable has certainly produced a few headaches in the garages," he said. "Race one and two I think you'll see different tyre selections. There's not a lot of time to get a nice pot of tea or put the feet up between them!"

"To be honest there is a difference [with] three laps [less]," he said reflecting on the race distance reduction. "I don't think that's a big issue, it was a good decision considering the amount of time we are getting between [the races]. When you get to the hotter races the time between the two [is small].

"I was on the podium after race one and suddenly I was on the grid again. It's asking a lot physically from a rider. For example at Misano, where it's forty degrees. You have one hour to try and get the leathers off, fuel for yourself, never mind the bike. The bike was still warm for race two from race one!"

Leading the championship following his 'gentleman's set' of pole position, two wins and two fastest laps in Spain, Sykes is feeling confident looking ahead to the next three races at Assen, Imola and Donington having won five of those six races last season.

"I'm confident. In the past our worst circuit had been maybe Phillip Island and one other. But we've shown good potential and we had some great results at Assen last year. I think we've improved the ZX-10R again and I enjoy riding this bike anywhere. If you put me in a car park I'll have a little bit of fun!"


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