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Tom Sykes broke his own lap record on his way to a dominate pole position in front of his home fans at Donington Park and will be joined on the front row by Jonathan Rea and Davide Giugliano.
Tom Sykes duly smashed his previous World Superbike lap record around Donington with a fantastic 1m 27.071s, going two-tenths under the previous record. The Kawasaki rider's flyer also kept his rivals Rea and Giugliano at a safe distance despite having one final hot lap left.
The Kawasaki rider was able to convert his strong practice pace into qualifying for his 26th career World Superbike pole position. The Englishman had said on Friday evening he would target the lap record with the qualifying tyre and duly delivered.
His Kawasaki team-mate Rea will start from second on the grid after finding an extra couple of tenths on Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Giugliano, but the pair were powerless to stop Sykes.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Alex Lowes had laid down the early marker with a 1m 27.670s lap to go top before all the riders returned to the pits ahead of their second runs. The Lincolnshire rider ended Superpole 2 in fifth as walking wounded Leon Haslam jumped in front to head the second row.
Welsh rider Chaz Davies makes it an all-British second row at Donington, edging out Leon Camier on the MV Agusta.
Reigning World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli and Pedercini Kawasaki rider David Salom were the two men to progress through from Superpole 1, with Guintoli improving to ninth on the grid just behind Matteo Baiocco as Salom completes the top ten.
Ayrton Badovini struggled during Superpole 2 after suffering a fast lowside crash in FP4 while reigning World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark was unable to find vital gains in qualifying and will start at the back of the fourth row.