Sylvain Guintoli says he is certain he would be celebrating his first World Superbike pole position of the season at Istanbul Park but for a 'few small errors' that cost him the meagre 0.022secs gap to Tom Sykes.

The Frenchman, who is just one point behind series leader Sykes in the overall standings despite having won just one race this season, came into Superpole as the apparent favourite having been quickest in both the dry and the wet in the run up to qualifying.

However, a swift lap from Sykes would force Guintoli to respond with his final effort, the Aprilia rider beginning well by nosing ahead at the midway split. However, small errors over the second-half of the lap would negate his advantage and force him to settle for second position.

Missing out by just two hundredths of a second, though Guintoli was disappointed to miss pole position, he insists the front row is sufficient as he looks to overhaul Sykes once more.

"We came really close today. On my last lap I made a few small errors that may have cost me those 22 thousandths. It would have been nice to take the pole, but the most important thing is to start from the front row. I felt at home on this track straight away and I think tomorrow I'll be able to aim for two good results.

"The battle for the championship is really getting heated up now, so there should be two exciting races tomorrow on a track which is basically new for everyone."


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