Tom Sykes says has given himself 'extra confidence' after proving he can adapt during a race in the wake of a hard fought return to winning ways in the World Superbike Championship last time out in Thailand.
The 2013 WSBK champion prevailed in a thrilling head-to-head with key rival and Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea at the Chang International Circuit, securing his first win of the year to kick-start his title aspirations.
Though he remains 29 points down on Rea after the Ulsterman's three wins and one second place from the opening two events, Sykes heads to Spain 'excited' after feeling as though a change of riding style in Thailand – to adapt to the race – was pivotal to his impressive success.
“I am very much looking forward to getting to Motorland Aragon. Coming off the back of two positive rounds in Australia and Thailand, where in 2015 we were not that competitive, we were much closer to where we need to be this year. That makes me excited for the Motorland weekend.
“On paper we should be very strong in Spain because we have done a lot of tests there and had good results in the past. Considering our form and set-up on the latest Ninja ZX-10R only gives me confidence. I am looking forward to getting started on Friday.
“The best thing about the race win we took in Thailand is that I was able to adapt during the race. To change my style and still win was very pleasing. It has given me extra confidence and the plan is to build on this.”