World Superbike Championship leader Tom Sykes declared himself content with a front row start after posting the third fastest time during Superpole in Jerez.

As ever, Sykes left it until the dying seconds to put in his fastest time and was seemingly on course to topple Kawasaki team-mate Loris Baz from the top spot as he posted new best sectors.

However, while his effort was good enough to go under Eugene Laverty's year-old circuit record, he would lose time in the final sector to land behind Baz and second place Davide Giugliano.

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Despite this, Sykes, who comes into the weekend with a 44 point lead over Sylvain Guintoli with six races of the 2014 WSBK season remaining, was satisfied to out-qualify his main rival.

"I'm on the front row and for me this is good enough," he told "I'm looking forward to tomorrow's races. They'll be difficult but overall the front row was our target today so I'm happy with that."

The reigning world champion was on course for a pole position time through the first three sectors of his hot lap but some small issues in the final sector saw him lose 0.263secs on the Frenchman. Sykes said that, with the world championship in mind, he left a little in hand in Saturday's fifteen-minute shootout.

"Basically I had some small issues in one part of the track and it affected the lap time. It is what it is and I'm not too worried about it. I think if I could have nailed the last few corners we could have had a good lap but I'm not too bothered.

"To be honest, I'm very relaxed and have been trying a lot with the bike. Just in Superpole I wasn't willing to push like I normally do. So I pushed to a good level and luckily it was good enough for the first row."

Asked whether Baz will be the main rider between him and a race win tomorrow he said his team-mate is often strong in qualifying but that the races will be a very different prospect.

"Generally for one lap he was very, very strong. In the races we'll see. My attention is on a couple of other riders for the race. All we can do is get a good start and see how the race to develops."

Sykes's main rivals in the standings - Guintoli and Jonathan Rea - will start fifth and tenth respectively.