Tom Sykes says he doesn't mind if the two World Superbike races at the Nurburgring are a wet or dry affair after qualifying on the front row for round ten of the series.

The British rider came into Superpole chasing a seventh pole position of the season, but a deluge minutes before the start of the session would throw a curve ball into proceedings.

Despite this, Sykes was in contention for pole position with Ayrton Badovini and Marco Melandri when a high-side with three minutes of the session remaining at a slippery turn three left saw him end his day in the gravel trap. Suffering nothing more than a 'dead leg' after the impact, Sykes was nonetheless able to cling onto a front row spot in third position.

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Looking ahead to Sunday, Sykes says he feels increasingly confident with the Kawasaki ZX-10R in the wet and would duly have few qualms about rain returning for the two races.

"I am on the front row and happy with that because I felt very confident with the bike in both wet and dry conditions today. I hope the sun will come out tomorrow and we will have two strong races. The main thing today was to get on the front row and we did that.

"I had a crash into turn three at the end but I got away lightly. I hit my thigh and ankle on the tarmac and had a 'dead leg' for a while but I wear the best of protective clothing and it did its job. Our bike is working the best it has for a while in full wet conditions. In any conditions I am confident and the team has done a great job."

Sykes is currently classified second in the World Superbike standings, 13 points behind Sylvain Guintoli, who starts eighth.