Despite a dominant 5.6s victory in World Superbike race one at Sepang, Tom Sykes is adamant he will need to find more speed for Sunday's second race.

The Kawasaki rider took the lead at the end of lap one in the Saturday race, then simply disappeared into the distance.

Some thought the Englishman might fade due to tyre wear late in the race, especially given the unknown nature of the brand-new asphalt, but instead his lead over team-mate Jonathan Rea continued to grow.

"I really enjoyed the race," Sykes said. "The bike was giving me plenty of warning, well in advance. We were able to respond in some laps in a good way and overall I am very, very grateful for all the hard work from Marcel, Danilo and all the mechanics. They have worked overtime.

"We have struggled to some degree over 12 months now, and this is the first time we have come a bit closer. The fact is that we were able to be consistent for race distance, which is very nice.

"We need to look to try and improve in some areas for tomorrow, because the other guys are fast. We had a bit of a gap today but everybody will aim to improve and we need to be one of those who also improve."

Sykes' second win of the season moves him to within 23 points of Ducati's Chaz Davies, who was third on Saturday, with Rea 62 points ahead.



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