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  • Tom Sykes powers to another WSBK pole position in Portugal to lead an all-British front row
  • Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies improve on their second laps to join Sykes out front
  • Sykes's closest title rivals, Sylvain Guintoli and Loris Baz, will start sixth and fifth respectively

Tom Sykes, Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies will make up an all-British front row for the eighth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Portimao as the series leader dismissed what was expected to be a close Superpole session by comfortably out-performing his rivals.

With less than four tenths covering the top ten after FP3, many had anticipated Superpole to be a similarly competitive affair, not least when the first round of laps during Superpole 2 proved both tight and slower than expected.

However, the second round of laps would see considerably faster lap times, with Loris Baz, Sylvain Guintoli and Rea all enjoying stints at the top of the timesheets before Sykes swept through with a lap of 1min 42.484secs.

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Though well down on Sykes's own lap record (1min 41.360s) as high temperatures in the Algarve created less-than-optimum track conditions, the Kawasaki rider would put more than three tenths between himself and the competition to notch up a 22nd career WSBK pole.

Behind him, PATA Honda's Rea and Ducati's Davies return to the front row in second and third respectively, the pair ascending as the only other riders to break 1min 43secs after making improvements on their second laps with the final tyre.

Marco Melandri leads an ultra-tight second row, himself, Baz and Guintoli covered by just 0.028secs, albeit more than half a second adrift of the dominant Sykes, who is now well placed to increase his 39 point lead over Guintoli in the standings.

Having looked strong in free practice, Superpole would prove a frustrating affair for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, with Eugene Laverty coming round in seventh place, while Alex Lowes will be down in 11th position after suffering a fall on his final lap.

Between them, Davide Giugliano and Leon Haslam complete the third row, the latter making a mistake on his best lap to scupper a better grid position on a weekend that has seen the British rider enjoy a stronger run than-of-late.

Having made it through from a highly-competitive SP1, Sylvain Barrier will start on 'EVO pole' in tenth overall, with the class leader David Salom well ahead of nearest rival Niccolo Canepa in 12th.