Tom Sykes has dedicated his third consecutive World Superbike Championship pole position to his Kawasaki Racing team-mate Joan Lascorz following a superb performance during Superpole at Assen.
The Briton has been in outstanding form so far this season, barely dipping outside the top five in timed sessions, while he currently holds down third in the overall standings following a 4-3-2-2 results' tally.
It was form he continued to show in both wet and dry conditions at Assen, the Kawasaki rider showing his hand in Superpole with an outstanding lap of 1min 35.399secs, just four tenths off a lap record set in far better conditions and more than a second faster than his nearest competitor.
Marking his third pole position in a row, Sykes is increasingly confident that he now has the package to turn it into a pair of victories, wins that will go some way to raising smiles in the embattled Kawasaki garage in the wake of the horrific injuries sustained by Lascorz just over two weeks' ago.
“It is a fantastic feeling and firstly I want to thank the Kawasaki Racing Team because they have done a great job. They have given me the correct package to let me win Superpole three times in a row, so hopefully we can make it last. On my last qualifying tyre today I had to dig deep because I saw I had some pressure from Jonathan Rea.
“When I crossed the line I was one second up and was very happy to have been that fast, because I thought I had improved only two or three tenths. For tomorrow I hope we can convert it - third time lucky.
“Obviously we had some bad news from the Imola tests so hopefully this is something for Joan to smile about and hopefully we can give him something to smile about tomorrow. I am looking forward to the race. Like my rivals have said already it is going to be tricky because of the expected weather conditions but it should be very exciting.”
Sykes has now collected five WSBK pole positions, while two good results compared to Checa and Biaggi could well see him become the first Kawasaki rider to head the overall standings in almost twenty years.