Tom Sykes says there is no reason why he cannot begin challenging for wins again at Donington Park, insisting he is more settled on the Kawasaki following Imola.

The former champion has endured a troubled start to the season as he struggles to get comfortable on the ZX-10R under the latest regulations, issues magnified by the runaway success of new team-mate Jonathan Rea, who has won eight of the first ten races.

Nonetheless, a pair of second places at Imola gave a hint of Sykes' best performances, a turn of form he is keen to maintain on home soil - where he was a double winner in 2013 and 2014 -, insisting he has now developed an affinity with the 2015 specification bike.

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"I'm looking forward to Donington because as the season has progressed I have managed to make myself more comfortable with this year's regulations. So much so that we set a new lap record in Imola, at a place I did not expect to do that. We are definitely getting there now and I am looking for a setting that allows me to do that kind of lap time, but for 20 laps.

"We still miss a little bit but this is just purely from the balance between the bike and me. I am really looking forward to improving that and then we can be very consistent for the races. There is no reason why we can't be. The rules have changed for everybody and Kawasaki is doing a great job, reacting fast to the rule changes and they have made things happen quickly.

"If we have been fast in previous events we can also be fast at Donington. It's a track where we have had good results in the past so hopefully, after the improvements in Imola, we can aim to do something similar. At your home race you see a lot of familiar faces from your racing history, and you get to see more family and friends.

"We have had special memories at Donington in the last two years and it would be nice after the difficulty of the start of the season to feel that kind of magic again."