Tom Sykes says it is a shame a flurry of rain prevented him from challenging team-mate Loris Baz for World Superbike pole position at Assen, though he remains pleased with his front row start nonetheless.

The Kawasaki rider was looking for his second consecutive pole position around the Dutch circuit, but while his late flying effort was enough to unseat young team-mate Baz last time out in Spain, a smattering of rain in the final minutes of Superpole was enough to scupper any kind of repeat.

Indeed, Sykes was disappointed with the intervention of the weather at that moment, suggesting he was confident he could challenge the Frenchman. Even so, Sykes was full of praise for Baz and his maiden pole position achievement.

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"We timed it well to get our race laps and qualifying laps in but the rain came a little bit too early for us in Superpole. It is a shame because I feel the qualifying tyre is my favourite one of the weekend because we really get to push the limits of the Ninja ZX-10R.

"Loris made a great job and he is starting on his first pole position but for us I think a front row start is what we need to be focusing on. Tomorrow hopefully we will get a good start and go racing twice and see what we can make of it.

With rain forecast for race day, Sykes remains unfazed about his chances regardless of the weather conditions.

"We will wake up tomorrow morning and see what we are blessed with for weather. Either way we will go racing. We are racing in a world championship and fighting for a world title so if it is wet or dry we are going to have to deal with it.

"I feel we have a strong package with both myself and the bike. Things are working well over race distance here and tomorrow if it is wet then we will adjust the Ninja ZX-10R accordingly."