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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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Sykes and Jonathan Rea, WSB Race2, Misano WSBK 2016
Shaina Salvia, Jonathan Rea [Credit: Imre Paulovits]
Shaina Salvia, Jonathan Rea [Credit: Imre Paulovits]
Gino Rea, WSS Race, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes and Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
De Angelis, Jonathan Rea and Fores, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016

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StrangeRanger

June 22, 2016 2:37 AM

Sykes riding style is usually incrementally faster than Rea's which explains his dominance of Superpole but it is also harder on the tires. JR will always have a late race advantage, especially on abrasive tracks. Sykes also appears to work much harder on the bike than Rea. No matter how well conditioned an athlete he may be, muscle fatigue has to come into play late in the race.



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