Tom Sykes paid the price for his lowly 16th place starting position during the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola after managing just a ninth and 12th place finish.

Still reeling from his heavy accident during free practice on the Friday, Sykes found himself at the bottom of the Q2 timesheets during Superpole and with plenty of ground to make up in the races.

Benefiting from various retirements to scale the leaderboard and finish inside the top ten during race one, Sykes was still unhappy with the way his Yamaha R1 was performing.

"I had a good start in race one but still struggled for grip as we have been all weekend with the rear of the bike. We improved it a bit for warm up this morning but in the race I still struggled."

Although happier with his bike in race two, Sykes found himself stymied by the actions of rivals cutting the chicane, which lost him a significant portion of time.

"We made a change for race two but I got a bad start. The bike felt faster and more consistent though but unfortunately I kept getting caught up by a few riders cutting the chicane and I ended up losing a second here and there.

"Towards the end I had one lap where I was having huge slides so I was looking back at the tyre to see if there was anything on it and lost maybe two and a half seconds."