Tom Sykes says he 'kicked myself' after failing to duck into the 1m 26s times during Superpole qualifying and is adamant he could have gone even faster after breaking his own World Superbike lap record around Donington Park.

The Kawasaki rider will start from P1 ahead of his team-mate and championship leader Jonathan Rea at his home round which he has completely dominated this weekend.

Sykes achieved his target from Friday of breaking his previous lap record with a 1m 27.071s, but felt a slight regret that his time wasn't even faster.

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"I am very impressed with the lap time, although I came over the line and saw 1'27'' and kicked myself," he said. "It should have been a 1'26''. The qualifying tyre caught me out in some areas and pushed me off line.

"But you cannot be greedy and I am very happy."

His pole position at the Leicestershire track was his 26th career success and drew him joint-second on the all-time pole list with Troy Bayliss.

Sykes says he is delighted to equal some of the men he grew up idolising but feels it will count for little unless he converts it into victories on Sunday.

"I am getting amongst some legends, all time greats, people I admired when I grew up racing," he explained. "We could see in Superpole 1 that few riders were getting two laps out of their tyres. Into my second lap, exiting turn one, she was sliding nicely. We definitely used the potential of our rear qualifier and for that I am happy.

"We did enough to make it count but tomorrow is another day and we have changing weather forecasts all the time. But we are in a good position."