WSBK Assen, Netherlands: Sykes: Results not what we deserve

Tom Sykes says a spirited fight back in race two at Assen didn't represent the results he felt he was capable of in the wet and dry conditions.
Tom Sykes says a spirited fight back in race two at Assen didn't represent the results he felt he was capable of and is already focusing on recovering lost ground at Imola.

The Yorkshire rider claimed his third pole position of the season in the Netherlands but suffered heartbreak in race one by crashing out at the exit to the final chicane battling for position in the leading group.

Looking to make amends in race two his task was made trickier with the wet-to-dry conditions and felt switching to the intermediate rear was an error which cost him the chance to take on team-mate Jonathan Rea for victory.

Sykes was forced to settle for second place in a weekend which promised much more having been thrilled with his race pace in both the wet and dry at the Cathedral of Speed.

“At the start of race two I just wasn't able to get the lean angle and the power down using the wet tyres, because of the mixed conditions, so I came into pitlane early,” Sykes said. “I went for the intermediate front and we managed that front tyre well. With the mistake made for the intermediate rear, that cost us. Even considering this, our pace was very strong and second position is not too bad.

“Saturday we were in the gravel and today finishing in second place is a good result. We have had strong pace all weekend, in the wet and the dry, and in warm-up we found a good rhythm this morning.

“It has just been one of those weekends where the results do not fit what we deserve - but that is racing. Now we can focus on the next round and build on the bike set-up that we have been working on.”

Due to his race one retirement Sykes lost ground to title rivals Rea and Chaz Davies, slipping to 14 points behind the Ducati rider in second and 59 points off leader Rea.

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