Tom Sykes says having to compromise on corner exits during race one at Laguna Seca hampered his charge but isn't feeling too downbeat missing out on victory to Jonathan Rea.
After fending off Rea and Chaz Davies for the holeshot the Kawasaki rider lost two place in two turns on lap four which forced him to play catch-up. After Davies crashed out Sykes was handed the lead at the midpoint when Rea ran wide on the Corkscrew but he couldn't make the advantage pay, eventually being reeled in and passed for victory.
Sykes says in the windy and warm conditions he struggled with corner exits on his Kawasaki ZX-10R as the race wore on which ultimately prevented his late charge but feels settling for second place leaves him in a promising position for race two.
“I think overall we had a fairly good bike set-up but we just struggled with the last part of the turns and over 25-laps it adds up,” Sykes said. “I had to compensate in some other areas and that was not ideal, especially in the windy conditions. I think I am happy enough and I could not do anything more.
“Jonathan rode a good race and we just couldn't get that extra little bit. We need to find a small change in the set-up tomorrow to improve in one area.
“I think we have room for improvement tomorrow. Second is the best we could do today and second is not a disaster. We can build on this.”
Sykes has slipped to 71 points behind his Kawasaki team-mate Rea in the World Superbike riders' championship and will aim to break that momentum with the Northern Irish rider on a three-race winning streak.