World Superbike Championship title contender Tom Sykes said his opening day pace at Misano had come as a surprise.

Sykes finished third fastest overall behind Honda's Nicky Hayden and Althea BMW rider Marcus Reiterberger in FP2, with the Kawasaki rider only 0.122s behind the American.

Neither Sykes nor team-mate Jonathan Rea tested at Misano after Donington compared to some of their rivals and the Yorkshireman was in high spirits after a strong start to the eighth round of the championship on Friday.

"I am surprised with our pace because we did not test here, unlike some of our rivals. At the start of the afternoon session I felt really good and then we changed a few things to get more information," said Sykes, who suffered a slow speed spill in the afternoon.

"We did not finish as strongly as we wanted but this was just because needed to check what we were doing and where we were going with bike set-up. We did those checks and now we know what to do tomorrow. This is all positive.

"The focus for Saturday is to improve on the last small details for the race itself. I think our set-up is relatively good in general," added the 2013 champion.

"Misano is quite a different track from the previous one at Donington but we are not far away at this circuit already. I feel tomorrow we have the chance to make some small modifications, which I hope will be improvements."



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