Tom Sykes believes he was denied a shot at victory in the second World Superbike encounter of the day at Phillip Island as a late red flag prevented him from taking full advantage of a turnaround in form between races.

Already forced onto the back foot following his accident in Superpole, defending champion Sykes struggled to mount an impression from eighth on the grid in race one as he laboured to a disappointing seventh place at the chequered flag.

Nonetheless, despite a poor opening lap that left him at the bottom end of the top ten, a revitalised Sykes would steadily work his way back up the order in race two, catching the leaders ahead of him just as the red flag was flown and the result declared.

Though it meant Sykes would pick up a welcome podium finish at Kawasaki's 'worst circuit', he feels the early stoppage prevented him from claiming the win he felt was his to take.

"We had some issues in race one but in the second race we changed the set-up. I really do have to say a big thanks to the team. I have a real good set of guys working for me and their knowledge is incredible. We went back to some basics and it was so nice.

"Although Sylvain rode well to win the race I felt race two would have been our race, but unfortunately it was cut short. That is how racing goes sometimes. I am very happy with how things have gone finally. For track temperatures to be so hot on raceday here in Phillip Island, and a little bit of wind blowing around, these are usually the worst conditions for us.

"So it was great to come back so strong at the end. We reeled in the Aprilia and that never usually happens here, so I felt the next second laps of the second race would have been my part of the race.

"Now I can head back to Europe knowing that we have been so competitive at our worst circuit. We're off to a steady start but I am only six points off second in the championship and 16 points off the lead."



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