Tom Sykes reasserted his and Kawasaki's dominance with a commanding double victory at Misano just two weeks after a crash in Malaysia that threatened to derail his championship defence.

The reigning world champion suffered injuries to his right hand as he was taken out by an errant Loris Baz and collected by the oncoming Alex Lowes. Sykes' right leg was then caught between Lowes' rear tyre and seat unit in a spill that handed championship momentum to Aprilia team-mates Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri.

Despite the injuries Sykes managed to fight back with a pole position and a maximum 50-point haul from the Misano round, a track at which the Aprilia RSV4 had won four of the previous six World Superbike races.

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Sykes revealed the extent of the right hand injury that required two weeks of rapid rehabilitation in order to regain optimum fitness for a punishing weekend of exertion in 25-degree heat.

"[The win] tastes very sweet. People don't realise how much I've dedicated my life to trying to getting to Misano in the best possible shape. I was flying all over the place - Barcelona, Ireland - lots of physio sessions and treatments. It was really hard and because of the level of bruising and the impact on my body it gave me a cold. I'm still suffering from that so I'm very happy to have two weeks of relaxing time."

Pressed to expand on the condition of his strapped right arm his two 21-lap race wins at Misano, Sykes was typically candid in his response.

"It's a pain in the arse! But the more I use it the more I work the muscles. Some of the muscles are nearly functioning how they should be, outside of the hand, in the base of the hand and forearms. The more exercise I do the more it's getting fired up. It aches but I can't complain.

"I had a painkilling tablet and after that my stomach and motivation, let's say, has been very low. I don't think the tablets sat well with my intestines. I'm looking forward to one hour's time when I can recharge the batteries with a cappuccino!"

Reflecting on the two weeks ahead when he can recover in England before the Portimao round in the first weekend of July, Sykes is hopeful he will feel stronger in Portugal

"I really need some time so I can come back fresh in Portim?o. I can stay with my family and it's difficult to do any training after the impact, but these things take time to heal. Now two weeks at home drinking tea is very welcome!"