Tom Sykes says he'll learn from errors made last year eating up the tyre life at Sepang to make a suitable compromise between outright pace and lap consistency.
The Kawasaki rider grabbed an impressive pole position at the Malaysian round last year before extreme tyres wear destroyed his late race pace and dropped him down the order.
Sykes feels finding the right balance this weekend will be key, especially on the resurfaced Sepang track, and is highly motivated to close the gap on title contenders Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies.
“Sepang is a circuit where we have had great speed in the past,” Sykes said. “Last year unfortunately we abused the tyres too much but apart from that our speed was fantastic. I am really excited to go back there.
“We know we will have to work on the balance of the bike compared to last year to try and make a good compromise between speed and consistency. I am motivated to know that we can still adjust our package to let me do what we need to do.”
The Yorkshire rider has notched up one race win to his name along with three pole positions so far far this season and is determined to extract the maximum from the new Kawasaki ZX-10R after struggling with small issues at the start of the year.
“It is no secret that I am still not able to showcase my full potential but that is good in one way because that means that there is more to come,” he said. “Sepang is a great circuit and a great facility. They have resurfaced the track so I think it will be quite a weekend for a number of reasons.”