Tom Sykes was disappointed to have missed out on the 26th pole position of his career but knows addressing the problems that have afflicted his late race pace are of greater concern.

The 2013 world champion spent much of Saturday's free practice sessions focusing on race pace as he put in a 14-lap stint in FP3 before a further 13 consecutive laps in FP4.

With crew chief Marcel Duinker asking his rider to accumulate as much data as possible for Sunday's double header, Sykes is hoping they have found a cure to the issue that kept him from challenging throughout race distance in Aragon and Assen.

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"Marcel, my crew chief, has been cracking the whip again this weekend trying to get information for us to use on race day," said Sykes. "It has been so unusual for us to drop our pace after 12 laps or so in the previous two events. That is something we are not used to so it is something we have worked on this weekend."

Referring to the Superpole two session in which he lost out on pole position by 0.084s Sykes believes he accomplished what he set out to do.

"I was relatively happy with my Superpole lap but it was a shame to miss out on the pole position. Pole does not give me 25 points, however. For me our main target was the front row.

Speaking of Davide Giugliano, who made his comeback to the class after a four-race absence, Sykes said, "It was really nice to see Davide come back from such a potentially serious injury to take Superpole."