Even a more cautious approach to Superpole than usual couldn't stop Tom Sykes from resuming his place at the top of the World Superbike pile after qualifying at Motorland Aragon.

Having thrown away a shot at pole position at Phillip Island with an accident, when Sykes began to feel the front of his Kawasaki ZX-10R tucking during the early part of his flying lap around the Spanish circuit, he admits he began to take it easier.

Despite this, Sykes was still able to reel off a 20th career WSBK pole position by a comfortable margin, denying his Kawasaki team-mate Loris Baz his first.

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"I am happy because the target was a front row start but we got pole position. I honestly felt the lap could have been better but after four corners I was having some tucking from the front tyres and I did not want to overstep the mark.

"I think I could have beaten my own track record but it was not to be. The conditions were good, the bike was working well and unfortunately I was just riding too much with the front tyre."

Looking ahead to the races, Sykes is confident he has a strong race package regardless of the weather, which has been changeable thus far this weekend.

"The Ninja ZX-10R is working well over long distance so we will see what tomorrow's temperature gives us. It will be interesting to see where we go in terms of track temperature but I feel we have answers, whichever way it is. Yesterday afternoon in hot conditions we had a very, very good bike and today it has been cooler and we have learned a lot about it in slightly cooler conditions."