Tom Sykes says he will need to shrug off his huge free practice crash at Imola if he is to get back on the pace and claw his way back to the front of the field.

Sykes' accident on his first flying lap around the Italian circuit was instrumental in the session being cancelled after other riders declared the surface too slippery.

Although taken to the medical centre to be treated for a painful foot, Sykes was discharged and allowed to take part in the delayed session later in the day.

However, the Briton admits the high-side did take its toll on him once he was back on the Yamaha, saying the incident had made him feel 'sick'

"It was a very strange day today, the first time I can remember most of the day being cancelled that's for sure. It was a big crash for me this morning, I thought I was feeling ok from it but in the afternoon session I felt a bit sick so the knock was a bit more than I first thought."

Nonetheless, Sykes insists he will be fit for the remainder of the weekend, but adds he will need to find more speed if he is to challenge for that elusive first podium of the season.

"I'm going to have a nice sleep tonight and I'll come out tomorrow swinging. I'm a bit disappointed in my times as I was doing good 1.50s and 1.49s in the test and am a bit off that so far today. We've got different settings on the bike to try so we'll go back to basics and see what we can do tomorrow."