Sykes: I am slowly getting there

Kawasaki Racing Team's Tom Sykes feels that for him to stand any chance of getting wins in the 2017 Superbike World Championship he needs to close the gap on teammate Jonathan Rea.

So far this season, Rea has been the quickest by winning the opening four races of the 2017 season.

The past weekend's racing at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand saw Sykes get two podium finishes, a third place in Race 1 and a second place, when he overtook Marco Melandri on the last lap of Race 2, behind double-race winner Rea.

In an interview carried by MCN, Sykes was pleased with his showing in Thailand but was disappointed that he could not match Rea's speed.

"The race win wasn’t on, but second place was on Sunday so it was all about making the smartest move possible at the end," Sykes said. "I could see Marco had some limitations so on the last lap I knew I had a margin. 

"He was faster than me in the twisty section before the last corner so I had to put the lap together.

"We still have to find that little bit more from our package. I am slowly getting there and consistency has pretty much been there. We keep closing the gap but we need to try and close it a bit faster."

The nest round of the WSBK Championship takes place at Motorland Aragon in Spain on 1-2 April.