World Superbike Championship leader Tom Sykes admits the 'racer in him' is 'frustrated' that he could be coming into the fourth round of the 2014 season with a more comprehensive advantage at the top of the standings, but is otherwise optimistic of his chances at Imola.

The Kawasaki Racing rider extended his lead at the head of the classification last time at Assen with a run to second and fifth place in the two races, commanding a 12 point gap over Sylvain Guintoli now.

However, Sykes admits he is disappointed to miss out on the chance of success at Assen having been quickly catching the Frenchman in the lead during race one when the encounter was ended five laps early due to a red flag.

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"The racing part of my character is still very frustrated to think that I could have had two more race wins if it had not been for red-flagged races (Assen and Phillip Island). That is the racer inside speaking but I am still very much looking forward to continuing with the season in a positive way."

Nonetheless, Sykes is feeling positive ahead of the fourth event at Imola, a circuit where he has enjoyed strong results in the past, including a surprise maiden pole in 2010 when Kawasaki was considered a minnow and six podiums in the last six races there, including a double win last season.

"I have been keeping myself in shape ready to kick off again this weekend coming. We have worked on consistency a lot this year and we do not make things too complicated on race weekends. I am enjoying my racing and I am very motivated.

"The Ninja ZX-10R is working well again. Imola is not a circuit that I consider my favourite but we have had a lot of success at that venue. It also features the Italian WSB fans who are always very welcoming and very passionate. They certainly seem to make Kawasaki and I feel very welcome."