Tom Sykes is looking to replicate his impressive pace from the rounds before the extended summer break in World Superbikes as he hopes to hunt down Jonathan Rea.

Sykes slashed Rea's championship lead down to 46 points with victory in race two at Laguna Seca, couple with the Northern Irish rider's retirement forced by a technical problem, which completed a strong run of form in the summer.

Over the past three rounds Sykes has scored three wins and three seconds places, along with a hat-trick of pole positions, and despite the lengthy summer pause breaking the championship's rhythm the Yorkshire rider is aiming to pick up exactly where he left off from America in July.

"After the long break I am happy to get back into racing and go back to Germany again," Sykes said. "The track itself is good as I like the layout but I think there are some areas where the width of the track is quite narrow.

"I have had a good summer but I am really looking forward to getting back onto the Ninja ZX-10R and really trying to capitalise on the pace we had before the break.

"I lapped the Lausitzring on a Ninja ZX-10R roadbike in a session that Kawasaki organised recently, during the summer break. I think I won a Lausitzring race that was part of a one-make roadbike series, which was some years ago now."



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