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Tom Sykes’ big­gest prob­lem on his fac­tory Kawasaki was not bike set-up or tyre choice, but, as he joked af­ter race two, Chaz Davies.

In race one it was a lack of grip he did not ex­pect af­ter a strong prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing. Fourth was clearly a dis­ap­point­ment, but it gave him a pole po­si­tion start in race two un­der the lat­est re­verse grid rules.

Some chas­sis changes led to un­der­steer in some sec­tions in race two as he tried to keep Davies and then Jonathan Rea be­hind him. The re­sult of the un­der­steer was seen when he was con­sis­tently and dra­mat­i­cally smok­ing his rear tyre over the Pi­ratella crest.

He took third place, and did not lose out too much to Rea, fin­ish­ing within a sec­ond of his team-mate at the flag. “I was suf­fer­ing a lit­tle bit with turn­ing the bike and that meant I wasn’t able to use the best of the rear tyre – that is why you saw a lot of smoke!”

“My lap times were not too bad but Chaz had an­other step to­day. But ul­ti­mately, at this track, we did not have the pack­age.”

‘At this track we don’t have the pack­age’ TOM SYKES

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