Tom Sykes is hopeful that his Kawasaki ZX-10RR is getting ever closer to peak performance and is confident of a strong showing in Misano this weekend.

Sykes trails Kawasaki teammate Jonathan Rea by 55 points at the top of the WSBK standings as the 2017 season heads towards the halfway stage.

While the Briton is the only rider to have completed every race in the 2017 season, his Kawasaki ZX-10RR has been more reliable than it has been fast.

However, Sykes is of the opinion that things are changing and his bike is edging towards it’s best set-up.

Speaking ahead of the WSBK’s second visit to Italy, the 2013 champion explained that his victory in Race One at Donington Park last time out was a sign of things to come.

“We have been coming closer to where we want to be and at Donington we had a great performance, despite not winning race two,” Sykes said ahead of this weekend’s action.

“In race one we did what we had to do, and had good speed. In race two I got boxed in and it was not until lap seven that I got through. From then on my speed was really good.

“I was very disappointed to miss out but luckily we moved straight on to the Misano tests. The boys kept working hard and I have to say I left the tests very happy, with a lot of information and mileage done.

“Considering my previous physical condition I was very happy to do 100 laps on day one of the tests and just over 50 on day two.

“Finally, I feel I am going to Misano ready to step-up my game and enjoy it more, focusing on getting more points and overall performance.”