Tom Sykes is taking positives away from his World Superbike weekend at Donington Park, despite being frustrated to suffer a first failure to finish this season on home ground.
The Yamaha rider was confident of a good showing at the venue where he made his mark on the World Superbike paddock last season by almost winning as a wild-card.
However, while there were flashes of speed from Sykes, most notably in warm-up when he trailed only team-mate Ben Spies, his row three starting position left him playing catch up in the races.
Sykes started well in race one though, getting as high as seventh, before losing the bike under braking at Goddards and taking a tumble. Choosing to pit soon afterwards, it would signal Sykes' first DNF this season.
“I found a good race setting in warm-up this morning and was ready for the first race. I was very confident with my pace in the race but frustrated with my row three start. I was just breaking into a rhythm and unfortunately arrived into the last corner just a bit too hot and lost the front over the bumps, I couldn't believe it as it was my first DNF of the year so I was looking to improve in race two.”
Sykes made further progress in race two, moving up to fifth position, before brake issues prevented him from attempting to challenge his rivals for a podium finish.
“I had big issues with a lack of braking which held me up. I'm really gutted as I think it cost me a podium, and capped off a bad weekend for the points. I really thought we could come away from the weekend in fifth.”
Keeping him seventh in the standings, now 26 points behind fifth place Leon Haslam, Sykes was at least happier with his consistency through the weekend.
“On the plus side I think we've seen some more of the old Tom Sykes this weekend, consistent in practice and qualifying and fast and consistent in race two. I'm hoping to take this to Brno and make it work there."