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.