World Superbike title contender Eugene Laverty says he will simply target the maximum of two race wins at Jerez as he notched up only the second pole position of his career in Spain.

The Irishman faces a 37 point deficit to Sykes ahead of the two races in Spain, meaning he cannot afford to finish lower than third position in either race, even if his main rival happens to retire on both occasions.

Despite the uphill task he faces, Laverty continued to show his fighting spirit in Superpole around the Spanish to produce his first-ever 'dry' pole position, following his maiden success in unusual circumstances at Silverstone.

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On a weekend that many are expecting to be Laverty's last in the World Superbike paddock for the time being, as rumours of a deal between himself and MotoGP's Pramac Ducati gather momentum, the Aprilia rider maintains he will do his utmost to keep himself involved to the end.

"Considering the gap behind Sykes, my only chance this weekend is to win both races. Starting ahead of the rest on the grid will definitely make that easier! Tomorrow I'll try to get off the line well and give it my all during the race.

"Sykes will also be starting from the front row and he'll definitely be trying to make his play to try and stop me, so that should make the races fairly interesting for the fans."

Though Laverty's chances of winning the riders' title are slim, himself, Sylvain Guintoli, Davide Giugliano and Toni Elias are well positioned to ensure Aprilia wins its third manufacturers' title in four years. As it stands, all four Aprilia riders will start inside the top six, with just a podium result from one during the first encounter required to seal the crown.