Tom Sykes feels his double victory weekend at Donington Park is proof he's turned a corner with his Kawasaki ZX-10R but is realistic about the size of the challenge ahead of him to overcome the points deficit to his team-mate and World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea.

The former World Superbike champion enjoyed a dominant race weekend in front of his home fans, taking pole position and two races victories, and now holds a unique record of six consecutive World Superbike race victories at the Leicestershire track.

Despite a promising return to form the 29-year-old says he's keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

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"I feel good after the Donington Park round, really happy with the way we approached the weekend in general," Sykes said. "We have a good track record at Donington but we did nothing special. We had made some small steps at previous events, turned a corner at Imola and that carried on to Donington.

"I needed to get my season going and in the last four races we have been second, second, first and first."

After a difficult start to the 2015 season Sykes says he's found a competitive base setup with his ZX-10R and can now take the fight to his championship rivals.

"I have felt more at home on the bike and we have been doing a lot of points scoring," Sykes said. "I feel I have a bike setup where if I get passed I can re-pass, and that really excites me.

"I feel we have made improvements in general and we have a fairly decent track record at a number of the circuits coming up so I feel we have the setup heading in the right direction in the nick of time."

Last year the Yorkshireman claimed victory in race one at Portimao and will be aiming to maintain his winning momentum from Donington Park to reduce the championship points gap between himself and Rea. Rea leads the riders' standings by 101 points from Aprilia's Leon Haslam, who is just one point ahead of Sykes.

Portimao is set to host round seven of the 2015 World Superbike championship on the 5-7 June.