Sykes ‘can’t complain’ with double podium

Tom Sykes was fairly happy with his showing at Magny-Cours as he claimed a double podium despite again losing ground in the latter half of both races.

Sykes had the better of the early running in Race 1 as the riders have to contend with a wet French circuit.

However, as seen too often this season, his lead was quickly eroded by his team-mate Jonathan Rea as the Ulsterman managed his tyres and the pace better.

Rea overhauled Sykes with a bullish move to take the lead and the victory while Sykes held on to finish second.

Race 2, this time on a dry circuit, again saw Sykes lose ground in the latter stages of the 21-lap race.

But, unlike Race 1, this time it did not cost him the victory as the Kawasaki rider never once looked to have the pace to challenge Rea or Chaz Davies.

Sykes brought his ZX-10R home in third place to secure a double podium and keep the gap to Davies down to 16 points in the battle for second place in the riders' standings.

Asked about his tyres and the drop-off, the 30-year-old said: "No I'm not using that as a story.

"Obviously the pace wasn't what it had been all weekend. Very strange to understand but I think it was the same for everybody in the race.

"Just one of those unfortunately it didn't favour our set-up.

"But having said that I can't complain, I think everyone had the same trouble and we just couldn't hang in there.

"It was a big shame but two times on the podium is not too bad.

"We will learn from this. The bigger picture is working towards next year now and it is all valuable information.

"It is what it is and I'm fairly happy as it was a good day for Kawasaki Racing."