Tom Sykes heads to the third round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Assen confident he can extend his advantage in the overall standings as begins a string of potentially strong events for both himself and Kawasaki.

The defending champion was the dominant figure last time out at Motorland Aragon, his 'gentleman's set' of pole position, two wins and two fastest laps hauling him to the top of the overall standings, ahead of team-mate Loris Baz.

Turning to Assen, Sykes has high hopes of an equally strong weekend in the Netherlands, pointing out that his performance at Aragon - where he has traditionally struggled - is a good omen for the coming events at Assen, Imola and Donington Park, where he won five of six races last year.

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"It was a good weekend for us in Aragon," he said. "I enjoyed the full weekend and the racing so I am looking forward to Assen. It is a track that in the past has given us much better results than Aragon used to so our improvement in form in Spain can be the model for us this weekend.

"Assen is a circuit that is great for racing, great for spectators and I enjoy the layout. The Ninja ZX-10R works well there so I am hoping to have another strong weekend. Assen has always been a good track for the British riders but it is not at all like any circuits in the UK. In Britain it is all stop-and-start but in Assen you have got banked corners so it is like riding a roller coaster.

"I personally do not see any link between Assen and British tracks but British riders seem to like it there! The last chicane always provides some excitement as well and there is a massive grandstand right at that point, always full of fans. Last year we became world champions after a slow start but this year we are off to a much better start, which is nice. I am confident and happy in my own capabilities."