Title contender Tom Sykes says he is satisfied to accept fifth place on the grid for the two World Superbike Championship races at Silverstone after emerging as the big loser from a controversial decision to halt the final phase of Superpole.

Sykes was in typically excellent form over a single lap, initially pumping in time that would destroy the previous lap record around the British circuit and set up a potential Kawasaki 1-2 on the grid between himself and Loris Baz.

However, with rain in the air, the red flags were deployed almost straight after Sykes's lap time and since less than 50 per cent of the SP3 session had been completed by that stage, the decision was taken to cancel the lap times and restart Superpole as a 20 minute 'wet' session.

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Though the session began with drizzle in the air, Superpole would eventually come down to dramatic 'one shot' lap in the final seconds of an almost dry session, with Sykes being forced to settle for fifth position on the grid.

Reflecting afterwards, while an evidently frustrated Sykes does question the wisdom of stopping SP3 when it was unlikely the restarted 'wet' session could be run in anything other than slick tyres, he says he respects the decision.

"If those are the rules then that's what happens but at least we got back to the second row and not the third. There had four minutes left of the session when they stopped it and turned it into a wet Superpole. I am far from happy because nobody even looked at a wet tyre.

"On the positive side tomorrow is another day and row two is not too bad. We have struggled a little bit all weekend but when it really mattered Kawasaki, the boys, and especially my crew chief Marcel have given me a package that I was able to do something good with.

"I was more comfortable on the bike in that session and the lap time was not so bad. I was riding easier than I had been all weekend. My qualifying time that got cut was really good. I will just re-set myself for tomorrow now. It is the race result that counts, second row is good and we have a strong race setting."