World Superbike Championship leader Tom Sykes is confident his Kawasaki ZX-10R will be well suited to the characteristics Sepang International Circuit as the series heads to the Malaysian circuit for the first time.

The British rider comes to Asia on the back of an impressive double victory last time out at Donington Park, a resounding triumph that saw him reclaim the WSBK championship lead and extend his advantage to 26 points.

With its long straights and wide, sweeping bends, Sykes anticipates Sepang will promote plenty of overtaking and favour those with a good base setting, giving him optimism that the ZX-10R will go well from the start.

"I have ridden at Sepang before, some years ago, and I enjoyed it. It is quite a long circuit, wide and technical. I think the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R should have good potential there and I am really looking forward to riding it again on Friday. We will have a longer first practice session than normal to learn the circuit.

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"Because it is such a wide layout it allows more space for passing opportunities, which makes for both safer and better racing. Sepang is technical in its layout and because it is so wide you can be tempted to use all the track width sometimes.

For the first time in more than twenty years, World Superbikes will head to the south-east Asian country the Sepang event, which comes as Dorna attempts to exploit new markets overseas. It means - as defending champion - Sykes has been involved in much of the promotion work for the burgeoning event.

"I will have been in Malaysia for quite a few days when we arrive at race weekend because I have done some promotional work with Dorna and the Sepang Circuit organisers," he said. "This is the third time I have been in Malaysia and everybody has been very hospitable and made me feel very welcome.

"I have visited the manufacturer of the trophies that will be given out at Sepang and I did a long TV interview. I also rode a Ninja ZX-10R in Kuala Lumpur city centre after they closed off a street to allow us to hold a promotional event."