Tom Sykes says he has taken greater joy from battling back for a record-breaking seventh straight victory at Donington Park compared to if he'd cleared off at the front.
The Kawasaki rider produced an impressive comeback after a nightmare opening lap which saw him drop from first to fourth and behind both title rivals Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea as well as Davide Giugliano.
After recovering to find a consistent race pace which he'd demonstrated during the free practice sessions, Sykes' charge to the front was boosted when Davies slipped off at Goddards while leading and Rea ran wide in a separate incident at the same corner.
With Giugliano in his grasp the Huddersfield rider duly reeled in the Italian and passed him at the Melbourne hairpin on lap 18 to claim the lead for the first time in the race.
With a clear track Sykes cleared off out front to win by a comfortable margin and extend his consecutive victory streak to seven at his home round in World Superbikes.
“The result is what we wanted but things weren't so straightforward we had our own little issues going on,” Sykes said. “So I'm even happier for the win compared to if the bike was perfect.
“Once we got a clear track I was able to put the nose of my bike more where I wanted and produce better lap times. It was difficult and wasn't perfect or what I was expecting but we were dealt a set of cards in the race and we were able to deal with it.”
Heading into the race weekend it was no secret Sykes would be a hot favourite and despite looking for set-up gains for the second race at Donington Park he is confident he can extend his winning run to an unprecedented eight.
“It is a beautiful circuit, one with two halves and because we are consistent over these two different styles it makes is fast here,” Sykes said. “It is my home race but that doesn't count for anything. Tomorrow is another day and we need to look at a couple of things but overall happy enough.
“I'm fairly confident going into the second race. We won under difficult circumstances but there are some fast guys out there so tomorrow we'll be as well prepared as anybody.”