Jonathan Rea was unfazed at losing out on a potential third pole position from four races as he believes his race pace will give him a chance to run at the front of both World Superbike races at Assen.

Riding on his most successful circuit, Rea laid down a marker ahead of Sunday's races with an impressive 17-lap race run in FP4 before narrowly losing out on pole position to team-mate Tom Sykes.

While Rea was content with a front row start, he admitted he was impressed with Sykes' pole time. "I am happy to be on the front row because it is important here at Assen," he said. "Also I have a strong race pace so it gives me a chance to be in the front at least. My lap was a good one but I made some small mistakes.

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Tom did a good job and that is an impressive lap time with the 2015 regulations in place. I really did want the pole position today because when I felt the qualifying tyre on the out lap, I thought I could give it a go.

I just overcooked it in T1 and it upset the next two corners. When I saw the lap time I knew we could be competitive for the front row but not for pole position."