Tom Sykes was slightly mystified by the mistake that caused him to come off his Rizla Suzuki mid-way through Superpole at Donington Park.

Sykes had starred up to that point, his first few laps placing him on top of the timesheets for 20 minutes before he was eventually usurped.

Nonetheless, while many riders were coming to the end of their allotted 12 laps, Sykes still had six laps remaining as the clock wound down and the conditions made gradual improvements.

However, his hopes of taking advantage came to a dramatic end when he suffered a violent looking high-side coming through a slippery Coppice, an incident that sent his bike end-over-end and Sykes tumbling through the gravel trap.

Nonetheless, despite the accident, Sykes remains in contention in seventh, while he is feeling no after-effects of the heavy impact.

"That was an interesting session," he said. "We made some changes and straight away they worked. I was very happy with everything and we did hold pole for a long time. We decided to go back out in the last few minutes and I must admit I didn't feel it was a big mistake but I paid the price. All in all second row is good at World Championship level.

"Hats off to the whole team as we have made a lot of progress with our wet setting which was our main concern and we can take that to BSB. I'd like a couple of dry races but I won't lose any sleep over it. I'll wake up tomorrow morning, look out the window and take it from there."


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