Tom Sykes says his Kawasaki Racing Team will ‘play it by ear’ as he aims to get comfortable on the ZX-10RR just two weeks after surgery on his fractured finger and radius sustained in his nasty crash at Portimao.

The 2013 World Superbike champion was forced out of the Portuguese round two weeks ago when he suffered a dislocated and fractured little finger and burns in a fall on his out lap of FP3.

After undergoing surgery in Barcelona during the Portimao race weekend Sykes has been fully focused on returning to action at Magny-Cours but will need to pass a fitness test before being given the green light to race.

The British rider is also planning to take medical steps to make racing ‘as comfortable as possible’ for the French round as he hopes to defend his second place in the World Superbike riders’ championship against Chaz Davies.

“I had a successful operation and now we are doing things on the medical side to make it as comfortable as possible for me to ride this weekend,” Sykes said. “We will play it by ear and on Friday we’ll try to build up to the full weekend of racing.

“Magny-Cours is a circuit I generally enjoy. It is not a flowing circuit in terms of lots of lean angle, but it is a circuit where it changes direction though chicanes and has some stop-and-start areas.”

Sykes trails championship leader Jonathan Rea by a huge 120 points heading into the French round but has a 15-point gap on Davies for the runner-up spot with three rounds remaining.


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