Tom Sykes admits he found it difficult to maintain a strong race pace in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Kyalami, but was content to post two more top ten finishes.
Sykes had hinted at a strong performance during free practice and qualifying, the Briton reaching the top eight shootout, only to see a lot of his hard work go to waste in race one following a poor start.
Dropping as low as 16th, Sykes gradually forged his way back up the order to cross the line in tenth position, before going on to post a ninth place finish in race two.
However, despite maintaining his perfect finishing record this season, Sykes was disappointed to experience a lack of both grip and power over the course of the weekend
"I got away badly in the first race and initially dropped down to sixteenth which was a shame as I felt I could have been more consistent. The second race I got away ok from the start and was closing in on Checa and a couple of the boys, but the last five laps or so I was really struggling.
“If we could have found a bit more grip it would have been better. We struggled on the power this weekend as well which was tough on this circuit. I'm looking forward to getting to Miller as I think the track will suit the R1 really well, and I want to close the gap and get up into fourth place as I think it's possible."