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Jonath Rea got so lucky with rain: Tom Sykes

By Robert Jones

Tom Sykes has said that his World Superbike team-mate and title rival Jonathan Rea was fortunate to emerge victorious in the second rain-hit race at Lausitzring at the weekend.

Kawasaki ace Sykes, whose streak of seven top-two finishes came to an end after a crash on lap one, said Ulsterman and defending champion Rea might not have been able to win in the dry.

"I feel in the wet Jonathan was thrown a little bit more of a lifeline because obviously the speed from Chaz Davies and other riders from the first race was quite good," said the 2013 champion.

"In the wet there is no mistake he had a great feeling and he used that to his full advantage."

Rea is currently leading the championship by 47 points with six races to go, but Sykes, following his retirement, remains confident his dry-race pace is good enough to fight back.

Sykes added: "My race was very disappointing, generally speaking this is dry-weather racing and this is where you kind of ride the best way with your package."

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