Tom Sykes was unable to recapture the positive feelings he had with his Kawasaki ZX-10R in free practice on race day at Magny-Cours, as he couldn't match the pace of Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies in race two.

In typical fashion, Sykes shot into a commanding lead in a damp race one, quickly establishing a three second advantage, only for Rea to catch and pass him three laps from the chequered flag.

Although Sykes made no mention in his post-race comments, it is believed he was unimpressed with the Northern Irishman's race-winning move, which pushed the 2013 world champion at the 180 hairpin.

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With conditions improving for race two, Sykes was soon at the sharp end, contesting the lead with Rea, Davies and Leon Haslam.

However, with a lack of rubber on the track, Sykes was unable to rekindle the strong feeling with his bike that he enjoyed on Saturday.

"Two podiums today but things could have been even better. In race two we had the exact same bike set-up as we had in free practice and we had such a great feeling and great consistency then.

"The only thing I can think of is that today, with no rubber on the track, it looks like it did not accept the change. We used our package a bit too much and certainly used the tyres too much and for that we were not able to finish off the corners in some areas.

"That proved costly. In race one we had a good race in the first half but it just did not stick in there in the drying conditions."