Tom Sykes is confident of producing a much better performance at Imola this weekend as continues his recovery from a stomach illness.
The Kawasaki Racing Team rider has been suffering with a digestion problem for over a month, requiring several trips to the hospital, and it has hampered his training and his race performances over the past two rounds.
Nevertheless, Sykes still finds himself second in the World Superbike riders' championship, and he is feeling a lot better after a new medication appears to have done the trick.
He now feels he can take the fight to team-mate Jonathan Rea and Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Chaz Davies in Italy this weekend.
“I have had some improvement in my physical condition in the run up to Imola so fingers crossed we can do a bit better job,” Sykes said.
“I do feel like things have improved and I have had some medication recently, which helps with the feeling of sickness I get sometimes. So hopefully now we are headed in the right way.
“Overall I am really looking forward to Imola and we have had some good success there in the past. With recent events I am quietly confident we can try and make a strong race weekend this time. We have a good package so we will definitely be there for the fight.”
Sykes is on a winless run that dates back to Laguna Seca in July 2016, but Imola is as good a place as any for him to turn it around. Back in 2013, he claimed a double victory at the circuit on the way to the world title.
The Englishman lies 64 points behind Rea at the top of the World Superbike championship standings.