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Sykes looking forward to Oulton Park challenge

Rizla Suzuki rider Tom Sykes is looking forward to the challenge of Oulton Park and is hoping that the Cheshire track will bring with it a change of fortunes.

Sykes claimed sixth place in race one at the last round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, but in race two he was involved in a nasty collision with Leon Haslam and Karl Harris. Nevertheless the committed rider took to the spare bike and secured eighth place after the restart.

Speaking about Thruxton Sykes said: "We had a tough time at Thruxton but there are 22 races still to go and it is a long season where anything could happen. I think we showed on the restart of race two that we can run at the front, so I'm sure it will all come together for us. Everyone has been working really hard it would be good to repay that hard work with a podium finish. I felt for Karl Harris, it is not nice getting caught up in someone else's crash especially when he had been riding well all weekend. I wish him all the best and hope to see him on track at next weekend."

Heading in to the round at Oulton Park Sykes is optimistic that he can overturn his bad luck from Thruxton and bag his first podium of the season.

"I like Oulton Park, it is a real rider's circuit and I can't wait to get there and hit the track," added Sykes. "You know when you are on a hot lap as it feels really good; you can get into the flow of it. I want to make up for lost time at Thruxton, there will be a few minor changes to the bike then I'll get my head down and see what happens."