Kawasaki Racing team duo of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea struggled to hold off the pace of Chaz Davies in Spain this weekend, as the pair were unable to hold off the Welshman and were only able to secure podium finishes.
Tom Sykes started both races at Motorland Aragon from pole position and was able to lead the pack into the first corner in both races aboard the Ninja ZX-10R. Although the former world champion was unable to break away from the field as Davies caught him early on in both races.
Battling with his team-mate in both races, he was able to pull a strong advantage over Rea in race two following a mistake by the Irishman but Sykes didn’t manage to keep up with Davies under the sunny Spanish skies, leaving with third and second position trophies.
Despite this he left happy with the progress himself and his team made throughout the weekend: “In terms of race position it was an improvement on yesterday and that is what we need to focus on. I think the gap to the front is bigger than it should be but it looks like yesterday, after the information we took from race one, our rear tyre was not performing to its best and today we did not have as much spin. We have more information now and I hope we can use this to our advantage.
My guys are fantastic and I am lucky to have them but we could not close the gap to the win compared to yesterday. We cannot be downbeat because sometimes it happens that you have a circuit that is great for a certain package and Chaz is always on form here. We will come back in Assen and try to be stronger again.”
Championship leader Jonathan Rea had a similar weekend to Tom Sykes, as he was unable to keep up with Davies in both races this weekend, but is happy to come away with two podiums after a tough weekend.
The 29 year old suffered from a lack of rear grip over the weekend which caused him to lose out on second position in the second race. Despite suffering he still left with a 26 point lead ahead of the fourth race of the season at Assen.
Jonathan Rea stated: “It was a difficult race because straight from the off we did not have so much grip in the rear and I was having to pick the bike up. When I back-shifted going into turn one with a few laps to go the rear locked and I could not stop, that was end of the chance to fight for second position today.
Being second or third today is not the issue it is being so far from the fight for the front. There were some areas where we were struggling today. We just need more time with the new bike and it is a step-by-step process. When a tough weekend is second and third it is not so bad!”