Tom Sykes was content with small improvements that allowed him to claim his first double podium finish of 2015 at Imola.

Englishman Sykes placed second in both races but had no answer to team-mate Jonathan Rea, who romped to his third double victory in five rounds.

The 29-year old was heading a two-way battle for victory in race one when the red flags were brought out thanks to a crash that involved David Salom. A small mistake on the second lap of the restart gifted the lead to Rea, from which Sykes was never able to recover.

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Similarly he couldn't live with Rea's pace in the second half of race two but Sykes chose to focus on the positives on Sunday afternoon, claiming he had ridden at his limit.

"We made some improvements at this round and I am very happy," he said. "Jonathan rode a strong race in race two and we had a big gap to the guys behind. In the end I just had to accept that this was our limit today.

"Jonathan was really strong in some areas and could take an advantage, then I would take some back, but finally it was his day today."

The #66 believes 'minor changes' may enable him to make a further step the next time out in Donington Park.

"The good thing is we have improved from previous events, and from last year, so I think we are heading in the right direction. Still there are some minor things to change but on the whole we have addressed some of our limitations and in Donington at the next round we will keep working.

"We improved some small things this weekend but small things at this level make an incredible difference. To take the wins would have been better, but I am happy."

Sykes' two results see him climb to third in the championship, 112 points behind Rea.