Tom Sykes maintains he is pleased with his performance at Motorland Aragon, despite missing out on the chance to score a brace of top five finishes.

The Kawasaki rider showed strong pace throughout the weekend as the ZX-10R diced inside the top five during free practice and qualifying, a performance that was translated over a race distance when Sykes became embroiled in the fight for fourth in race one.

Though he would ultimately lose out to Eugene Laverty - by just a tenth of a second -, Sykes looked well on course to make it a pair of top five finishes as he circulated in fifth during the second race two, only to fall on lap seven.

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Although he was disappointed to miss out on another good top five finish, Sykes was pleased to have shown a consistently good pace throughout the weekend.

"Again there are some positives and negatives but I am going to ignore the latter," he said. ""The positive side is that we have been top five all weekend, and in race one, and in race two I went down but we were still racing in a good position. Unfortunately I went down, but I went down trying.

"We came away with good levels of performance during a dry weekend, which is another big positive. We will get a test in Aragon to be ready for the Brno race, and we have a lot to test.

"Maybe too much for one day, so we'll prioritise things and make it count. Brno is a fantastic circuit that I love and hopefully the new Ninja ZX-10R will work well there as well."

As a measure of the improvements Kawasaki has made this season, Sykes - who is 13th in the standings, just 18 points from eighth - and team-mate Joan Lascorz have helped put the manufacturer just two points shy of its entire 2010 total with only half of the 2011 season completed.