HUDDERSFIELD racer Tom Sykes has been busy in Spain as he aims to force his way back into the top three in the World Superbikes Championship.
The next round is at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend and Kawasaki Racing Team riders Sykes and Loris Baz have not been short of track time recently, having tested at Motorland Aragon last week in preparation for the ninth round of the 14 meeting championship.
Sykes currently sits fifth overall in the rankings having already won a race on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R machine, at Monza in round four.
And Sykes has scored six podiums in 2012 already, but will be desperate to return to his early season form and get himself back into a top three placing – a position he has enjoyed for most of the year.
To that end Sykes (pictured) returned to Motorland Aragon – where he endured a frustrating time in round eight – for a two-day test last week.
With the numerous similarities between the Spanish circuit and the Czech one – not least the changes of elevation and mix of broad, flowing corners and long chicanes which provide opportunities for overtaking – Sykes is confident his preparation has been as positive as possible.
Sykes said: “It was a good two day test for us last week and we certainly found out a bit of information that we will see how that goes for us in Brno.
“We tested at Aragon again and we have done some amount of laps round there in the past few weeks!
“Brno is next and it is an awesome circuit, one that I really love.
“The layout is great for the riders and it is a well thought-out circuit.
“Brno has a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully now the Ninja ZX-10R will have an even better feel with the front end and I am a bit more excited to go there after our successful test. I cannot wait for tomorrow morning’s free practice.”
Much attention at Brno will undoubtedly be focused on Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport).
The pair split the wins in the previous round at Motorland, as well as in last year’s round at Brno.
With a similar result the two Italians, who are first and second in the standings, could be well on the way towards a head-to-head in the title run-in.