Jonathan Rea was in a candid mood as he saw a potential pole position for the final World Superbike Championship round slip away with his bike during Superpole in Qatar.

The Ulsterman was considered a strong contender for pole position after topping FP1 and FP4, but his hopes of doing so would end in the Turn 7 gravel trap after losing the front-end of his PATA Honda.

Leaving him seventh on the grid on row three, though he admits it is not an ideal starting position, he is confident he has the pace to run at the front regardless.

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"Well, it's not the best grid position to start the last races of the season. Throughout the practices we've been really strong in all the sessions and the package is working really, really well here.

"In the first part of Superpole I was quite competitive on a race tyre and, when it came to use the qualifier I, er... well, maybe I wanted the pole position a little bit too much!

"I was on a really good split so I knew the lap time would be good but I was pushing a little too hard, I arrived 4kph too fast into turn seven and ran wide and lost the front.

"We have a really good pace otherwise, so I just need a good start because that will put me in the good group. There are a few guys in front that don't have the pace, so I have to try my best to get through.