For the second consecutive World Superbike race weekend Tom Sykes was left to rue a problem that prevented him from standing on the podium in race two.

Sykes produced a controlled, masterful ride to ease clear of Davide Giugliano in race one, recording his third victory of the year while team-mate Jonathan Rea struggled with a harder rear tyre.

Come the afternoon however, Sykes was unable to repeat his morning heroics as a lack of grip in the higher temperatures saw him drop back to fifth on lap 14 after initially leading the first six laps.

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"A lot of people would dream about a weekend with a pole position, a win and a fifth place but we were just not able to do it in race two," said a frustrated Sykes.

"I do not think I started very well in race two but from the beginning I was lacking some grip and it was very difficult to recover.

"When I started fighting with other riders I was not able to be strong where I needed to be but we tried everything we could. I knew both races would be difficult today but we had a great race one."

Despite the disappointing result in race two, Sykes remains second overall in the world championship, albeit 133 points behind team-mate Jonathan Rea. Now, he hopes he can take the positives from this weekend into the next round at Laguna Seca.

"We were just not able to repeat it in race two. We have had positives and negatives this weekend and we will move on to America now."