Jonathan Rea says he is happy to make it two pole positions from his two World Superbike starts with Kawasaki as he continued to showcase his burgeoning title credentials at the Chang International Circuit.

Fresh from a pole position and win on his Kawasaki bow in Australia, Rea has been in strong form around the Thai circuit once again, though came against stiff opposition in Leon Haslam, who looked set to snatch pole position on the Aprilia.

However, a perfect final lap from Rea would see the Ulsterman snatch the initiative by just a hundredth of a second, leading an all-British front row with Haslam and Alex Lowes.

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"It's good to make it two out of two. We know the Kawasaki really takes profit from a soft tyre, especially the qualifier. My pace has been really strong all weekend in race conditions so I knew just to make clean laps in Superpole.

"But in every lap I made a mistake in T4 - the fast left - so I ended up much too fast and the rear came round, which is a problem I have been working on a little bit. We found some things after we struggled with my back brake at times but we fixed it in this final session. I was able to enter T5 much better.

"I made a mistake in T1 on the first flying lap and then I saw the time was P1, so I knew not to push too much and just make a clean lap next time. I saw a 1'33.3 near the end of the session and I thought it may not be enough, so I tried again on the third lap with a qualifier, but already the tyre had had enough."