Tom Sykes is vowing to take away the positives from the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship after failing to capitalise on his front row start on the Kawasaki.
Sykes had targeted the manufacturer's first podium finish in more than three years after qualifying third on the grid, but his competitive performance in race one was ruined by his fall from fourth position at the Esses with just five laps remaining.
A switch to the spare bike was necessitated for race two, Sykes getting bumped down the field early on and only able to fight back to 12th position.
A disappointing end to an otherwise promising weekend, Sykes is confident he has shown the progress made on the ZX-10R.
“Not what I was expecting going into the day after a front row start,” he said. “I was quietly confident of coming away with top three or top four results. Race one was going to plan but I had a bit of an issue and it was mainly my mistake that I had a crash at the Esses while lying fourth on lap 18.
“I was still looking forward to race two, but I had to use the spare bike, which wasn't in the script. Things did not go to plan again but I got tipped into on lap one, and didn't really have anywhere to go, lost some ground and I finished 12th. I look forward to Assen now and I think we have done good positive work this weekend in any case.”