World Superbike Championship leader Tom Sykes says he is pleased to have pulled another pole position out of the bag in time for a potentially crucial race at Magny-Cours.

The Kawasaki rider, who comes into this weekend's penultimate round with a relatively comfortable 31 point advantage over Sylvain Guintoli, showcased his outstanding single lap pace yet again when it mattered, notching up a 24th career pole position by breaking his own lap record by six tenths.

Indeed, Sykes felt it was important for him to get onto the front row after running into difficulties from the second row last time out in Jerez, the British rider helped further by main rival Guintoli only managing fifth.

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"I always ride a bit reserved on the race tyre in Superpole, especially with the one bike rule, so it is always a very fine balance," he said. "My target today was very clear. It is always the front row, but today I wanted to go for full glory.

"As soon as I put the full Pirelli qualifying tyre in the Kawasaki was working awesomely and the lap time came relatively easily. I was pushing and the bike was moving, but it was working well.

"I wanted a good starting position. We started on the second row in Jeez and it created too much confusing, so I am trying to take away some variables. I knew I had to dig deep and that is what I did."

Looking ahead to the races, Sykes - who won both races in Magny-Cours last season en route to winning the title - is feeling confident regardless of whether it is dry or wet.

"We have the set-up and the starting position to challenge for the race win," he added. "There are some fast riders so it is going to be difficult, but if the chance is there to win the race, like today I will dig deep and go for it.

"I feel more relaxed now. We have tried some things that should benefit us in the wet, so I am feeling more relaxed."