Tom Sykes says he's going to take his performance in the final race of the World Superbike season as the positive momentum required for the winter break as he plots his way back to the top in 2016.
The Kawasaki rider missed out in the last round scrap with Ducati's Chaz Davies for the runner-up spot in the World Superbike championship after his team-mate Jonathan Rea utterly dominated 2015 to take the crown.
The 2013 World Superbike title winner felt the points deficit to Davies was too great to overhaul in Qatar but says he's still satisfied with claiming third place in the championship, while also taking four race wins and 11 additional appearances of the rostrum in 2015.
“There was too big a gap to bridge after the previous rounds in trying to take second place overall,” Sykes said. “I have to be happy with the third place result, and only being three-tenths of a second off the win in race two, on a circuit that is not my best. That is a big positive to take into the winter.
“In race one at Losail the traction control turned itself all the way up to full and the power was being turned down so that explains why I was losing ground. I tried to compensate but in race two were we close to where we needed to be. The two guys in front made an incredible race, passing each other so close but still able to maintain a lap time.”
Sykes heads into the off-season with the intriguing prospect of getting to grips with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R for 2016 as he looks to take back the ground lost on Rea as well as the resurgence of Ducati.