World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea says a late mechanical alteration paid off in the Superpole as he put his Kawasaki ZX-10R second on the grid for tomorrow's races at Donington Park.

The Northern Irish rider says he has not been satisfied by his bike's set up all weekend and was lacking some outright pace compared to his team-mate Tom Sykes. Rea's bold move to make a change with just minutes remaining in qualifying worked a treat as he moved up to P2 ahead of Ducati rider Davide Giugliano.

"I was a little bit surprised to be second because we made a change for Superpole," Rea said. "We tried a different rear shock and after using the race tyre we could see it really didn't work. I had a lot of rear chatter under acceleration. So the guys quickly changed the rear shock in the last minutes of Superpole.

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"I tried the different setting and it worked well, so I think it sets us in a different way for tomorrow's races."

Rea says he will once again look to make changes on his bike during tomorrow's warm-up session to find more consistency with his race pace.

"We are still lacking a little bit but the beauty is we get another crack in warm-up tomorrow," he explained. "It is being held at a bit more of a sensible time than the Europe schedule, so we might be a little more relevant."

The 28-year-old, who has won eight of the opening 10 races in this year's World Superbike championship including four in a row, feels he will have to bring the fight to the pole-sitting Sykes if he is to have any chance of maintaining his incredible victory run.

"I am happy to be on the front row because it gives us the best possible chance of a good start," Rea said. "My team-mate is so strong here, over one lap and also over the distance. To think about winning the race we still have to catch him."