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WBSK Misano, San Marino: Sykes: We've lost some ground

'I think today I was not as strong as I intended to be but probably Jonathan also found something extra, because that is how it looked' - Tom Sykes.
Tom Sykes admitted team-mate Jonathan Rea had something extra in reserve as the Kawasaki rider again finished as the runner-up in race two at Misano.

Sykes pushed the Ulsterman all the way in a thrilling race on Saturday, losing out by less than a tenth of a second, but the 2013 World Superbike champion was decisively beaten by Rea in the second race, who made a pass five laps from the end and pulled away to win by nearly three seconds.

“I think today I was not as strong as I intended to be but probably Jonathan also found something extra, because that is how it looked,” said Sykes.

“Two times second, and pole position, normally that would be an acceptable weekend so I am grateful for those things, but Jonathan is the one who we are challenging in the championship and we lost some ground.

“There are still five whole rounds to go, so we have a long time remaining. But my focus is not on that yet,” added Sykes, who won twice at Donington Park in the previous round.

”We will test at Misano tomorrow and I hope we have clear conditions because I am very interested to find a solution for something. It is basically about turning and it was very clear in sector one of the track today. We will keep working to improve things because I want to win races.”

Sykes is now 66 points behind Rea with five rounds of the championship to go.






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Braap

June 20, 2016 7:51 AM

I think it's quite simple, both the Kawa's are absolutely top notch bikes with the team getting pretty much the full potential out of them but unfortunately Tom, even at his best, can't take the fight to Johnny and unfortunately Johnny always seems to be at or near his best. I admire the fact that Tom hasn't taken it lying down but sooner or later fighting against a superior opponent is going to get to his confidence and he'll become the defacto number 2 rider.



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