Tom Sykes believes he and his side of the Kawasaki World Superbike garage are working in the right direction as he sped to a 25th career pole position at Assen.

Sykes edged team-mate Jonathan Rea for his third Superpole victory in four years around the Dutch track and he feels he has found a direction with which to work to remedy his disappointing start to the season.

"We are definitely getting there now," said an elated Sykes. "It feels that this pole has been a long time coming but I am very happy. In Aragon we had a small indication that the Ninja ZX-10R and myself are starting to work as one package again.

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In the first two rounds the bike and myself were sometimes working in two different directions, but we are both working in the same direction now. I know we can still improve the Ninja underneath me but as long as we can keep working in this direction."

Sykes was the early leader in the first race at Aragon but was eventually reeled in by Rea and Chaz Davies. He believes the Sunday's races will be a good test to see whether his team have found the pace to compete at the front all race long.

"I am happy. A lot of credit has to go to my crew chief Marcel and the boys in the garage. We have had the mechanics working hard and making a lot of changes. We have definitely got the speed and now I want that speed for 20 more laps here."