Tom Sykes couldn't hide his delight at securing his second-career World Superbike pole position at Misano in remarkably similar conditions to those of his maiden success at Imola last season.

Capitalising on the inclement weather conditions which saw rain falling just before Superpole got underway, Sykes adapted well to the slippery track surface, maintaining an impressive pace throughout the three qualifying phases.

In a similar situation that which took him to pole position at a damp Imola last season, Sykes went on to set a series of consistent lap times to come away with a comfortable two tenth advantage over Carlos Checa, much to his delight and surprise.

"Absolutely classic d?j? vu," he beamed. "They were exactly the same conditions as Imola last year when we took the pole. Same again this weekend, so massive credit to Kawasaki Racing and Paul Bird Motorsport, in these conditions we've got a really strong electronics package and that helped us a lot today.

The Kawasaki rider has enjoyed modest success aboard the new Kawasaki ZX-10R so far this season, only cracking the top six for the first time at the previous round in Miller Motorsports Park.

However, while Sykes admits he may struggle to convert his pole position into a victory challenge if it stays dry for the races, he hopes it will spur him onto a good set of results at least.

"The conditions were unbelievably slippery, so I think we found the maximum and came away with pole, which is a fantastic starting position. We're struggling a bit in the dry, but this should have made things a bit easier. A good day today and hopefully even better tomorrow."

Sykes, who is currently 13th in the standings, has qualified on the front row of a WSBK race this season, starting third at Donington Park.


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