Tom Sykes has swelled his lead in the World Superbike Championship to eight points after finishing ahead of key rival Sylavin Guintoli at Istanbul Park.

Starting from his seventh pole position of the season, Sykes got away well on each occasion to lead during the first-half of both races, but a waning bike in the closing stages would allow Eugene Laverty to pass him for the win each time.

Finishing third in race and second in race two, while Sykes was disappointed not to score a win in Turkey, he was content to at least finish ahead of Guintoli to extend his margin with three rounds remaining.

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"Two podiums today even though it was the first time for me here. We had only two-and-a-half hours track time against two top riders who have previous experience of this circuit. We made two or three changes to the bike between races and I think everybody saw that our bike was working a bit better in the second one.

"We started that race quite strongly and I was able to lead again but some of our competitors were using the tyres a little bit better, so Eugene Laverty was able to catch me.

"Unfortunately I did not have the package at the end of the second race to fight back and try to win it. I believe that we can learn and improve from this weekend. I wanted to win in race one as well; I pushed hard but I feel if I pushed any harder I may have overstepped the mark. The changes we made this weekend should help for the future races. We are leaving with an improved points lead and that can only be a good thing."