Tom Sykes says he is delighted with his progress over Friday practice at Donington Park as he heads into Superpole qualifying on top of the timesheets.
The West Yorkshireman has won the past four World Superbike races around the Leicestershire track, stretching back to 2013, and once again demonstrated his incredible skill around the circuit by topping the timesheet with a 1m 28.172s lap.
Sykes appears rejuvenated at his home event and hopes this weekend will finish as well as it has started which will ignite his season. He currently trails championship leader Jonathan Rea by 112 points.
“When you get a nice linear drift it feels special because you drop off the end of the world,” Sykes said. “Donington is a great circuit and I think all the riders enjoy it. I've had a lot of fun today. Still got lots of things to do because things aren't perfect.”
Sykes also confirmed he is getting on top of his issues with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R after grabbing a double rostrum finish last time out at Imola.
“We've made some steps on the bike and hopefully we'll be challenging for race wins very soon.”
The former World Superbike champion added that things are not quite perfect yet but at a circuit he dominates at, but few would bet against him reaching the top step of the podium for the first time this year, including his own team-mate.