Tom Sykes says riders and teams will only know how tyres will fare in the stifling Malaysian heat once racing gets underway tomorrow, the Kawasaki rider confident he has a strong package beneath him.

Getting remarkably close to unseating the so-far-dominant Aprilia of Sylvain Guintoli, though Sykes would fall just short of snatching pole position from the Frenchman, he was pleased to be up on the front row.

However, the British rider admits there remains some question marks over tyre longevity around the new-for-2014 Sepang circuit, saying only the races themselves will prove telling.

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"We have been quite consistent all weekend and on race tyres we are there or thereabouts," he said. "I feel we have learned something in the Superpole laps so we will hopefully put that to good use tomorrow. We were not too far away from our competitors and the times have been close, but we will try to work even more to improve the race set-up.

"I have seen how fast some other riders are on new tyres but everyone will take a drop on raceday as the race unfolds. Exactly how much of a drop, no one will see that true potential until tomorrow. I am hoping that we can be in quite a good position tomorrow for race distance and we just need to improve the general feel to utilise the bike a bit better in some corners. I hope we can make any small changes count."