Huddersfield racer Tom Sykes will be hoping for better luck in Aragon in 2014 as the World Superbikes Championship heads for the Motorland circuit on Sunday.

Again the Spanish track is the second date on the calendar, but even in winning the 2013 world title, Sykes did not have the best of times in Aragon.

 

Despite taking the Superpole and recording the fastest lap in last year’s meeting, Sykes ended up with a DNF (did not finish) in the first race and had to be happy with a podium third place in race two on a day when Chaz Davies enjoyed a double victory on the Motorrad BMW.

After collecting 25 points in the season’s opener at Phillip Island in Australia, Sykes has ground to make up on early leader Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli.

And despite last year’s experience the 28-year-old from Fenay Bridge is hopeful of having a good first outing in Europe.

“I am excited and ready to go in Aragon,” said Sykes. “We have had good form there in the past, but the results from last year do not do us justice.

“I am happy with the changes we have made and with the three days of testing we had at Jerez – we are that little bit more prepared.

“We know where we can work towards in the future, starting at Aragon.

“It is a track where we have done a lot of testing, so we have a lot of information about it.”