Tom Sykes heads into the 2015 World Superbike Championship summer break with little to celebrate after a dismal race day coloured by tyre woes and an accident.

The title chaser had started the weekend well with an impressive run to his fourth pole position of the season, which he proceeded to convert into a plus-three second lead in the opening race.

However, he would go on to be struck by severe tyre woes that would see him plummet down the order in the closing stages, lapping some ten seconds slower than he was, to finish a distant fifth.

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Worse was to follow in race two when he was forced off track by an out-of-shape Max Biaggi before another spill whilst trying to make up ground hampered him further. He recovered to 14th, but will enter the summer hiatus having ceded second in the standings.

"The tyre dropped a lot in race one and we never expected that.. We were unlucky in race two as someone got on the inside of Max and he was pushed wide. He had nowhere to go and he picked it up. I was on the outside, so bad luck really. I was catching the group in front and felt good after making a change to the bike after race one.

"It was better but not perfect. I struggled with a bent brake lever after the contact and then when I fell later on I bent the gearlever up about 15mm and broke the footpeg off, so I only had a little stub. We were unlucky today, which is a shame because we had great pace on the bike."