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Tom Sykes has taken a fourth World Superbike Championship pole position of the season on home soil at Donington Park after another outstanding qualifying performance.
Consolidating his status as the dominant figure in Superpole this year, the Kawasaki rider obliterated the existing lap record by three tenths of a second to lead a British 1-2 in front of the local fans.
Almost as impressive was second place man Leon Haslam, who got to within a tenth of Sykes at the head of the timesheets to snare a spot alongside him, while Marco Melandri completed BMW's strong Saturday by joining him on the front row.
With less than a second covering the top 15 after Q2, the battle for outright pole position was destined to be a close one, but while the first two knockout phases suggested BMW would be the bike to beat as Melandri and Haslam set the pace, it was Sykes that came out fighting in SP3.
Indeed, while Haslam was able to sneak beneath the existing lap record of 1min 28.099secs in SP2 with a 1min 28.032secs – on race tyres -, Sykes's first SP3 effort of 1min 27.716secs looked insurmountable as he widened the goalposts.
Haslam had also saved his best for last and while he was not able to get the better of his fellow Briton, it remains his best qualifying performance on a BMW.
Instead, Sykes will start from pole position for the fourth time this season as he looks to secure the first British WSBK victory at Donington Park since James Toseland in 2007. A good weekend could also see Sykes take the series lead, making him the first Kawasaki rider to do so since Scott Russell in 1993.
Marking the first time BMW has gotten both of its riders on the front row, Haslam's team-mate Melandri starts from third position, where he will line up alongside long-time adversary Max Biaggi, the Aprilia rider finding a turn of speed in Superpole having maintained a fairly low profile all weekend.