Following a two week break in the race calendar, Sykes is refreshed and ready to claim his maiden Superbike win. He has shown his winning potential and believes now is the time to make it happen at a circuit where outright power and top speed are required to make fast lap times and both of which are real strengths of the Crescent prepared Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Atsushi Watanabe has had no time to relax as he returned to Japan to take part in the Suzuka 300K race, where he and his team-mate finished in third place. He hasn't had any track time on a bike at Snetterton, so he will spend free practice getting himself and his Rizla Suzuki dialed-in for the straight forward circuit.
The 1.952 mile Norfolk circuit has two long straights where the bikes are touching 175mph and 200mph respectively, plus some tight turns where agility and handling come into play. The Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000's capable chassis and powerful engine are well matched to the demands of the Snetterton track.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday at 1500, with race one kicking off at 1315 on Sunday and race two at 1630.
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"We are all really looking forward to Snetterton. As a team we set out to challenge for podiums which we have done, but now we want to win. We are feeling confident and I know Tom is really fired up for a top result. I believe we can challenge for our first win of the season at Snetterton.
"Atsu has just returned from the Suzuka 300K race where he had a podium finish, so he is also brimming with confidence. I'm sure he will adapt quickly to Snetterton and we will be on for some strong results."