Tom Sykes is rueing the bad fortune which has blighted his World Superbike title charge against his dominant team-mate Jonathan Rea.

This weekend the Kawasaki rider heads to a circuit where he cleaned up at in 2014, taking pole position and two race victories, and will aim to rediscover the rhythm he was in at Donington Park last month where he achieved the same feat.

The Yorkshireman had hoped to use his double win at the British round to kick-start his title campaign but suffered a setback last time out at Portimao. After Rea got the better of him in a rain-disrupted race one Sykes was hampered by a damaged wheel rim which caused his rear tyre to slowly deflate throughout race two and he crawled home in eighth place.

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"This year we have had a bit of bad luck, which is very unlike us, but we have got the bike working well for us and in a way that was giving us good results," Sykes said. "I am looking forward to going to Misano because it is a great part of the world. There is a great atmosphere just being there in general and we will be back to competing in front of the Italian fans."

Misano marks the start of the second half of the 2015 WSBK season with Sykes second in the championship standings but a considerable 124 points behind Rea.