Tom Sykes stands to put greater distance between himself and his World Superbike Championship rivals heading into the summer break after a magnificent performance during Superpole at Laguna Seca.

Already leading the standings by 43 points, Sykes is well placed to increase this after putting in a marvellous Superpole lap time in the United States, his grandstand effort of 1min 21.811secs not only eight tenths quicker than the existing lap record, but half a second clear of Sylvain Guintoli and good enough for eighth on last year's MotoGP grid.

Acknowledging his 'great' lap, though Sykes admits he endured an 'adventure' through the infamous Corkscrew, he would come out the other end with another remarkable pole position performance.

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"To take pole here is very exciting especially after we struggled a bit earlier this weekend and because some of our competitors have been very strong here. Slowly but surely we have got the bike working much better and I am a lot more confident for tomorrow.

"It is crucial to be on the front row so when I put a qualifying tyre in I had a little stab at getting the best lap. I had a little adventure in The Corkscrew but I came out of the other side and we made it happen for the lap time.

"I am happy because it is a great lap time and the guys have all worked hard to achieve it. It's going to be close tomorrow because a number of people have good race pace but I am looking forward to it."