Tom Sykes says it was his fault he didn't get the most out of his Kawasaki package in Superole as he prepares to start the Laguna Seca races from row two.

Despite focusing primarily on race pace all weekend, Sykes' FP3 effort meant he took the fastest lap of the weekend into Superpole, but once there he couldn't get the best from himself on the qualifying rubber.

Though he did enough to still out-qualify championship leading team-mate Jonathan Rea, Sykes was disappointed he couldn't recreate his best single lap form when it mattered around a circuit that is difficult to overtake on.

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"We have been working on race performance all weekend and at this circuit, for whatever reason, the grip has been low. Not only for me but for everybody. When I put the qualifying tyre in the bike in Superpole it did some really nice things but I have to hold my hands up because I do not think I took the best from the package.

"The level of performance was much better than it was with the race tyre so it was really rider error and I am sorry for the team. It was difficult for me to react quickly because it is a short track and we only had one really good lap on the Q tyre.

"We had a little bit of a stumbling block in free practice four, which made us play a little bit conservative for Superpole, so that also did not help for us. But being on the front of the second row is not the end of the world. After practice and qualifying we have some good information for raceday. Tomorrow we can work on something a little bit extra in warm-up before the