Factory Kawasaki's Tom Sykes is out to do a job at the Monza World Superbike round this weekend and continue the successes of Assen where he won one, came second in the other and bagged Superpole again.
The Huddersfield star has staked his claim to the 2013 title right from the off and the speed of the ZX-10R will definitely play a part at the Italian track.
“I am obviously very motivated off the back of the Assen weekend. It was so enjoyable there because I went there thinking it was not going to be our strongest point in the season but I almost had the full set of two wins and Superpole," said Sykes.
"Our bike is working great and the changes made to the bike this year look like they are having the desired effect across the board. The wet session in Assen was nice because it ticked off a box that used to have a question mark in it.
"Moving to Monza now, I am looking forward to it because I won the only race there last year. It is a circuit I enjoy because of some good past results and it is nice to ride as well because it has a great history. The Ninja ZX-10R is a very well balanced package and we are going there to do a job now.
"The championship position is very unusual with three riders on the same points in second place, although I am not too concerned with the championship placings at this stage. I’m just looking forward to keeping up momentum and improving things again in a couple of areas.”