Sykes ‘feeling better already’

The Kawasaki Racing rider had a mixed Sunday in Spain as he finished third behind team-mate Jonathan Rea and Ducati's Chaz Davies in Race 1, but he failed to see the chequered flag in Race 2.

The 2013 Champion was in fourth place and battling Leon Haslam from Aprilia for the final podium spot when he had a spectacular crash on lap six and was forced to retire.

"We had a big knock last Sunday at Motorland Aragon but to be honest I came out of it pretty well. I feel better already," he said.

He won't have much time to recover though, as it's the Dutch TT at Assen this weekend, a track where he was P2 and P4 last year and P1 and P2 during his Championship winning season in 2013.

"I’m now looking forward to a track that we have gone well at in previous years. The layout is really exciting from a rider’s point of view," he said.

"Obviously I was not fortunate enough to use the old layout but basically on most of the track, if we exclude the relatively new early section, it has real nice cambered corners and gives you a great feeling with the bike. The cambers add to the speed and feel through the corners. There are some real fast flowing sections.""

Meanwhile, team-mate Jonathan Rea leads the standings after winning four of the six races to date and it is no surprise that he can't wait to get back on the bike.

"I am really excited about Assen because it is a circuit I really enjoy and I have had some good success at in the past," he said.

"This year with a new team and a new bike we need to see how we perform on Friday but Assen is somewhere I think we can try and win again. There is always close racing there, which I am looking forward to.

"It is cool to go there each year because there are always a lot of British fans that make the trip over to watch the race. I have some family coming as well. Aside from Phillip Island this is going to be the race that most feels a little bit like home because I have spent so much time there in the past."