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Tom Sykes turned his Saturday fortunes around by claiming his fourth straight World Superbike pole position at Misano.

The Kawasaki man was uncharacteristically subdued in the morning FP3 session, dropping outside the top ten and into the SP1 shootout for the first time since the present qualifying format was introduced.

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However, determined to put his Portuguese misfortunes firmly behind him Sykes underlined his intentions by breaking the outright lap record with a 1m 34.4s lap in the first afternoon session.

Just minutes later going into SP2, Sykes went under the lap record again, his final time of 1m 32.214s some six tenths faster than his pole time from 2014, to ensure he starts from the front of the leading row ahead of Leon Haslam and Davide Giugliano.

The result ensures Sykes becomes the first rider to start from pole having qualified through the initial SP1 session and believes he and his ZX-10R are in good trim ahead of Sunday's double header.

Haslam had been the fastest of the twelve riders midway through SP2, the Englishman showing fantastic one lap pace on race rubber. Yet when he fitted the softer, stickier Pirelli rear, he, by his own admission, made too many mistakes to challenge Sykes' time, instead finishing 0.2s back.

After a challenging weekend, in which he missed the first timed session because of an early crash, Giugliano was pleased to secure a front row place in front of his home fans.

The Italian was only sixth fastest after the first run on race rubber but went on to improve and was just a hundredth of a second from Haslam's time.

So strong in FP4, Jonathan Rea will have to content himself with fourth place on the grid. The Northern Irishman threatened the front row on his final lap but eventually had to settle for a starting berth ahead of the returning Max Biaggi.

Indeed the Roman was as close as one tenth of a second from Sykes' best effort through the third sector of his flying lap before losing an extra tenth through the final pair of rights, enough to push him back to fifth.

Behind came Jordi Torres, the Catalan eventually sliding down the order having posted the fastest time with several minutes remaining.

Heading the third row, Alex Lowes produced another solid qualifying display in the face of Crescent Suzuki's ongoing issues. The Englishman edged Ayrton Badovini back to eighth while Sylvain Guintoli placed ninth.

Chaz Davies was the notable absentee from the front two rows. The Welshman was left stranded in eleventh, a place behind Ducati stand in rider Michele Pirro in tenth.

Pirro only made his first appearance of the weekend on Saturday morning as he deputises for Luca Scassa, who broke a collarbone in Friday afternoon's action.