Tom Sykes feels “things turned against us” at the end of his 2017 World Superbike championship as he missed out on the runner-up spot to Chaz Davies.

After an engine blowout in FP2 stalled his race weekend, the Kawasaki Racing Team rider struggled for grip during race one to finish sixth, despite three riders ahead of him falling out of contention, before an early low-side crash in race two caused by slipping on a white line marked his worst results of the campaign – with the exception of the Portimao races he missed with injury.

Sykes says he was confident of challenging at the front in race two with strong pace before his crash but put it down to a disappointing round in Qatar.

“We started this final weekend so well but things just turned against us,” Sykes said. “In race two the bike felt much better. Initially I missed a bit of lap time but the bike was coming to me. I was just in a fast turn, clipped the white line and fell.

“People are running up and over kerbs here but I go and touch a white line and lose the front. It has been one of those things.

“The lap times were right there for the race today because we had made slight modifications from yesterday, so I cannot believe the way it finished.

“Jonathan has had an incredible season this year, he has done a fantastic job.”


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