Tom Sykes feels despite being handicapped by needing a pit stop to switch to dry tyres he was satisfied to reach the rostrum but says there weren't enough laps to bridge the time deficit for a shot at victory.
The Kawasaki ride trimmed Jonathan Rea's World Superbike championship lead to 44 points with third place, finishing one spot ahead of his team-mate in a thrilling wet-to-dry race one at Magny-Cours.
Sykes says the changing conditions prevented him from extracting the full speed from his Kawasaki ZX-10R but made the most of the situation given he was held back by the enforced pit stop for slicks.
“That was a really tricky race. Some riders went on intermediates and some on wets. I was one of those on full wets, as I wanted to be a bit safer in the early laps,” Sykes said. “Chaz went on intermediates, and it paid off for him in the end. I think we had a good race, considering we had a pit stop.
“After that it was definitely a good comeback through the field. The lap times were really competitive compared to the others guys. We just ran out of time, but that is racing. I am grateful to be on the podium in such tricky conditions, which could have easily gone another way.”
Focusing on making up more ground in the World Superbike title race in race two Sykes is holding out hope for consistent conditions at the French circuit to continue to close the deficit to Rea.
“Tomorrow I hope it is fully dry and we can improve the result,” he said. “In fully wet conditions we were good, also in dry conditions, so we are prepared for any of those. It is just that you can't really make a perfect set-up for those 'in between' conditions. Tomorrow we will be prepared in any case.”