Tom Sykes says he's 'very happy and relaxed' with the race pace and feeling from his Kawasaki ZX-10R at Donington Park as he prepares to aim to make history at his home event.
The Huddersfield rider is unbeaten at his home round for the past three years with six wins out of six and if he can grab a seventh straight victory around the Leicestershire circuit he can take the outright most wins record which he currently shares with Carl Fogarty.
Sykes can also equal Fogarty's pole position record of four poles with a P1 in qualifying on Saturday to cement his place as King of Donington Park and has put himself in prime position to do so by topping Friday free practice.
The Kawasaki rider holds a slim advantage over team-mate Jonathan Rea as the pair's best lap times were split by less than one-tenth, but Sykes remains confident of both his single lap and race pace thanks to his strong feeling with the ZX-10R.
“It is always great to be back on home soil and I felt we had a good race in Sepang,” Sykes said. “We made a good turning point there just in time to come back here.
“We've learnt a lot and tomorrow we'll aim to make some small adjustments to improve in some areas but overall it is a good start to the weekend and I'll go to bed happy knowing tomorrow we have a good package and potential can improve upon it.”
After shrugging off a low-speed off at the Melbourne hairpin, Sykes also says he isn't too concerned about the history he could potentially produce with a seventh consecutive win at Donington Park as he focuses on the long game of World Superbike championship.
“I don't really look into statistics, it is all history, but it would be nice to continue the form,” he said. “After today I feel we have the package that is at least as good as anybody else to fight for the victory. I'm very happy and very relaxed and the lap times are coming nice and consistent.
“It was a small off but it was strange crash. Nothing to worry about. I went straight back out and continued with the great performance.”
Sykes trails team-mate Rea by 70 points in the World Superbike riders' standings, with Ducati's Chaz Davies in second place 28 points ahead of the Yorkshire rider.