Kawasaki's hopes of giving the new ZX-10R a successful race debut have taken a blow after Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz could only qualify tenth and 13th respectively at Phillip Island.

The team went into Superpole with high hopes after Sykes had placed the bike third quickest in Q2, while Lascorz has also shown consistent top ten pace throughout the weekend.

However, warmer conditions would wreak havoc on the bike' set-up, with Sykes admitting he was unable to use the best of the soft tyres when it mattered.

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Nonetheless, the Briton is confident that bike will perform better in the races, suggesting his pace in Q2 is more indicative of the potential.

"We made good progress earlier today but in the hotter conditions in the afternoon we were not able to use the best of the softer race tyres and qualifying tyres, which bumped us down the final order a bit. We are going to have to work on that, and try to find a good harmony in suspension and chassis in those conditions.

"It was frustrating to go from third in combined qualifying to the third row, but it is one of those things, and tomorrow is another day. It's the only day that counts for real. We need to have some points in the bag from these races and continue our strong development programme. I was really pleased to be top three after combined qualifying, it shows our true potential."

Taking part in his first-ever knockout qualifying session, Lascorz echoed Sykes's sentiments after he was dumped out of SP1, leaving him 13th on the grid for his debut.

"We had different settings on the bike because the conditions changed and it proved difficult in Superpole. I used a qualifying tyre but it made no real difference to the lap time. We could do the same on the race tyres.

"We will see how the races are tomorrow but I am quite tired now and will rest and recover before warm-up. I am looking forward to the first races in this class and if we can find good settings for the conditions, I will be happy."