Tom Sykes believes he can 'box the job off' on Saturday after ending the first day of World Superbike free practice fourth overall.

Competing around one of Sykes' less-favoured circuits, the Englishman sped to the fastest time on Friday morning before his final lap of 1m 31.363s on Friday afternoon was good enough for a spot just outside the top three.

The Englishman, who has been bullish in his approach to the upcoming season, tested several settings through the day and goes into Saturday's Superpole and race one format knowing that he can now 'put our best package together.'

"We had a couple of things we wanted to confirm today and now we can put our best package together and be happy to go into Saturday," said Sykes. "We did not end the day with a long run like we wanted but in terms of everything else we have a good understanding.

"The new weekend format is relatively OK. The day has finished quite early so we have all afternoon now to put our heads together and I think we can box the job off.

"Tomorrow will be a busy day with Superpole and the first race on the same day but even in testing we understood we had a very good set-up. Now we will go back to basics and focus our attention on Superpole 2 and the first race."