Tom Sykes is banking on having decent pace over a race distance after missing a chance to start from the front row of the grid at Silverstone.

The Rizla Suzuki rider has struggled to match the speed of the HM Plant Honda this weekend, but while Sykes showed promise through the qualifying segments, his best time in the deciding session was only good enough for fifth.

Admitting he is not entirely comfortable on the bike, Sykes is nonetheless confident that what he lacks in single lap pace, he will make up for over the distance of a race.

"I am trying hard and pushing as fast as I am comfortable. I can run my lap times consistently and come tomorrow that should put us in contention for the podium over race distance.

"There are a few changes we can make to my Rizla Suzuki that we can test in morning warm-up. I'd like my gear change lever moved slightly to help with selection and there are a couple of ideas we have to give me a bit more confidence through Priory where I feel there is time to be gained."

Team-mate Atsushi Watanabe, meanwhile, struggled to find the right set-up on the Suzuki as he could only manage 17th on the grid.

"I quite like Silverstone and think the circuit is very high level. I also like the weather this weekend, it is not usual for British Superbikes, there is sunshine - I hope it stays for the races.

"I am little disappointed in final qualifying as I think I could have been higher and competing in top 10. In the second qualifying session an issue with my number one bike meant I rode my second GSX-R1000 but I was not as comfortable and I end up 17th. We will go back to my other bike and tomorrow I think I can still compete for top 10 OK."


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