Tom Sykes maintained his solid start to the 2010 World Superbike season with a run to the points in both races at Portimao.

Having qualified just outside the top ten in 12th position, Sykes was confident of forging ahead in the races, but grip issues on the Kawasaki ZX-10R would ultimately prevent him from making up ground.

Eventually crossing the line 15th and 13th, Sykes admits he was frustrated with the results, but remains confident the Kawasaki team can make progress over the coming events.

"I qualified more or less where I expected to and was happy to start on the third row once again. We didn't have the perfect set-up, but we'd made steady progress all weekend so it was unfortunate to have not made the step-up in the races.

"I struggled with my starts and found it difficult to get past the traffic in front of me. I'm a bit frustrated to be honest as I was trying hard to overtake but just couldn't get the grip coming into the corners, and on the brakes, to make the move.

"We still have work to do but I'm confident in the team and the package of the Ninja ZX-10R and with a bit more time we can hopefully start to close the gap."

Sykes was the sole Kawasaki SRT rider in Portugal following Friday's withdrawal of Chris Vermeulen due to a knee injury.