Loris Baz says he was caught unawares by Tom Sykes braking harder than expected ahead of their controversial collision in the first World Superbike race at Sepang.

The Frenchman lost the front-end of his Kawasaki as they rounded the tight second-half of the first corner complex, the Kawasaki rider wiping out his championship leading team-mate, as well as Alex Lowes from the race.

Drawing the ire from Sykes, who says Baz 'proved a lot of people right' with his actions, the younger rider insists he simply misjudged his team-mate's braking and had nowhere to go.

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"In race one I made a good start and Alex Lowes came inside in the first corner and we were together. I just wanted to pass him in the second one. Tom braked really hard to make sure he did not touch anyone in front of him and I had to brake really strongly too.

"When I did I lost the front and my bike took him and Alex out. It is a big shame for the team but I could not do anything. For me I crashed alone and my bike took somebody out and unfortunately it was Tom."

Going on to finish in fifth place in the second race, Baz was disappointed with the weekend as a whole but is confident he will be back to form at Misano.

"In race two I tried everything to follow the top three guys but we were missing some grip in the exits of the corners, the slow ones. Here it is worse than most other tracks because the straights after the corners are really long. I lost time in all the straights but I was catching them in the other parts of the race. I made a small change after the red flags came out but I could not do anything more.

"Maybe I could have been fourth but I lost the rear on the last lap and Toni Elias overtook me on the straight, so that was it. Not the best weekend for sure but it will be OK in Misano."