World Superbike champion Tom Sykes admitted he and the Kawasaki team were 'not quite on the money' at Imola, as he was forced to settle for third and fifth places.

The Englishman lost his 2014 title lead to double winner Jonathan Rea in the process, but Sykes has vowed to learn from the 'limitations'.

"This weekend there is no question we missed some of our true performance and we were not quite on the money," said Sykes, who qualified in sixth position. "I do not think we realised that the gap was as big as it proved to be.

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"In each race we had some limitations and unfortunately at this level you cannot ride around them and make a good result. We will learn from this, that is for sure. It has not been the easiest weekend but you cannot have a perfect weekend every time.

"Now we can move on and we have some good circuits coming up for us."

Team-mate Loris Baz took a pair of fourth places, beating Sykes in race two, when he crossed the line within one-second of Sylvain Guintoli and a podium.

"Race one was good but I was struggling a little bit on the corner exits so I was losing ten meters. I was always too far behind to overtake anybody at the next corner," said the Frenchman. "In the second race we made a little change and improved our set-up, and I was trying to control the race.

"I lost 1.7 seconds in one lap behind Davide Giugliano when he had a problem. Tom and Chaz overtook him really fast. I had to wait for a time but I feel I could have finished maybe third.

"I am still happy with the fourth places today and there are four people within 20 points in the title race, so it is very close. We are doing well in the team championship too. Anything can happen now and our tracks will come!"

Baz is fourth in the championship standings.

A test session will be held at Imola on Monday.