Tom Sykes believes his Kawasaki ZX-10R is 'ready to go racing' after qualifying second for Sunday's World Superbike double-header at Portim?o.

The Englishman, a double winner last time out in Donington Park, looked to have done enough to secure pole position in Portugal but after giving an unwilling tow to Davide Giugliano, Sykes narrowly lost out to the Italian.

Still, with team-mate and championship leader Jonathan Rea starting from the third row, Sykes believes a front row starting spot is the most important thing.

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"Most importantly I am on the front row and we have also evaluated a couple of minor set-up things in Superpole. There is a new qualifying rear tyre for Superpole at this round and it seems good.

"We will speak again tonight and work on a couple of more aspects in time for race day. I think overall we have a good bike, a good package and the consistency is there.

Although Sykes could be seen waving his finger in the Italian's direction as they approached parc ferm?, he insisted there were no hard feelings.

"I was nearly there to win Superpole but Davide Giugliano was just behind me and on some parts of the track that helps, so maybe I helped give him pole position but that is racing.

"I have to accept that and he is a good guy, so no worries. I am relaxed and ready to go racing."