Tom Sykes has described his podium in the second World Superbike Championship race at Motorland Aragon as an 'acceptable way' to end an otherwise trying day, as he pins his hopes on enjoying better form at more favourable circuits.
Starting from pole position after another record-breaking turn in Superpole, Sykes was settled in second position during the opening revolutions before assuming the lead when Eugene Laverty retired ahead of him. However, Sykes would promptly follow suit just a lap later when a technical problem forced him out of the race.
Hoping for better fortune in race two, Sykes led initially, but a mistake on lap two would drop him down to fourth place behind Marco Melandri. With Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli getting away ahead, Sykes was able to leapfrog Melandri but could progress no further, the Kawasaki rider settling for his first podium of the season in third place.
Though happy to get another trophy for his troubles, Sykes admits he is seeking better results when the series resumes in two weeks at Assen.
“Scoring a podium in race two was not a perfect way to end race weekend but it was certainly an acceptable way,” he said. “It would have been good to finish race one as well just so that I could have collected a bit more information to take into race two, but I am not making excuses - the riders ahead of me in race two rode fantastically well.
“We are now moving onto circuits where we are a little bit stronger than here. I am also riding uninjured now and Kawasaki has been working really hard so let's see what Assen can bring next time out.”