Tom Sykes says he still 'cannot do exactly what he wants to do' on the Kawasaki ZX-10R on a day he was comprehensively out-performed by new team-mate Jonathan Rea at the Chang International Circuit.

Following a low-key start to the year in Australia, former champion Sykes had hoped for better fortunes in Thailand, but was no match for Rea, Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes in either race as he finished eight and 14secs behind his race winning team-mate.

Though his efforts were enough to secure is first podium of the year in race one after Lowes crashed in front of him, before finishing fifth in race two, Sykes concedes third is arguably an 'acceptable' result in the context of his problems on the bike.

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"First podium of the year in the opening race so we are heading in the right direction. One step at a time and a podium finish was not so bad considering the feeling I had with the bike. I am not able to do exactly what I want yet.

"When it is like that you have no answer for guys who have finished in front of you. We tried everything we could and in the end third position was acceptable for where we are at the moment.

"I got caught up in turn three of the first lap in race two and got dropped back a bit as a result. We had some small issues after that and corner entry was a little bit difficult to manage. We will keep working and try to improve the bike."