Tom Sykes says he won't replicate the mistakes of his tough weekend in Valencia, despite eventually coming away with a pair of top ten results.
With the Yamaha R1 seemingly unable to replicate the advantage it enjoyed in Qatar, Sykes found himself with a task on his hands when he failed to make it through the first segment of qualifying in Superpole.
Ending up 17th on the grid, Sykes got a good start in race one to complete the first lap in tenth position, but while he shadowed Leon Haslam for much of the race, the pace of his former BSB rival would eventually consign him to settling for a nonetheless decent seventh place finish.
“I got a good start in race one and got past a few in turn one,” he said. “It was a fairly decent race in the end, I think I could have gone for fifth but Leon Haslam had done a good job in the last few laps and made a big gap. I think we could have been in the top five otherwise.”
Despite finding things more difficult at the start of race two, Sykes was still heading for a similar result when he misjudged a move on Max Biaggi at turn one and conceded a few positions.
“It was very difficult in race two, I had a good start, but going into turn two I was held and others came round the outside and went through. I worked my way back up to ninth and was looking good and catching up with Neukirchner but unfortunately got so close to Biaggi and just as we were going into turn one I ran wide a bit and let two or three past.
Recovering to tenth position, Sykes has already vowed to take on board his errors and make sure they don't happen again.
“I've learnt from my mistakes this weekend, I messed up in qualifying and potentially cost myself two very good results. With the R1 working so well round here it's a lesson learnt and hopefully won't let it happen again!”