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Tom Sykes says he’ll keep working to stay in the hunt for the World Superbike title but concedes it was a frustrating race weekend at the Lausitzring after losing ground to Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea in the riders’ championship.

After securing a fourth consecutive Superpole on his 32nd birthday, Sykes failed to keep pace with Chaz Davies and Rea which forced him into third place in the opener. Looking to bounce back in race two, Sykes got tangled with Lorenzo Savadori at turn one having started seventh on the reversed grid which restrained his progress as Davies, Rea and Marco Melandri broke clear from the chasing pack.

Sykes says he struggled to find a confident front-end feeling to pass riders ahead of him which enabled his title rivals to escape and admits it now leaves him with a massive turnaround after Rea extended in advantage to 70 points with four rounds remaining.

“Things in race two definitely did not go to plan early on,” Sykes said. “I got a good start but touched the back of Savadori in turn one, so lost all the advantage of the good start. When I got clear laps towards the end, that’s when I started going towards a normal feeling again.

“Before that I did not have the confidence to pass the other guys on the brakes and I was suffering every time I tried to line them up. I was just losing out because I could not get off the turns as well as I wanted to.

“It was an awkward fight all race and I am disappointed that I did not have the confidence to make passes under heavy, heavy braking. I wanted to get on the podium for sure but unfortunately we did not make the best of our situation. We will keep working and there are still four rounds left.”