Tom Sykes believes participating in SP1 gave him an added edge heading into Superpole 2 as he secured his fourth consecutive World Superbike pole position at Misano.

Sykes, currently second in the world championship, made history on Saturday afternoon by becoming the first rider to claim top spot in qualifying after competing in the opening fifteen-minute shootout of the afternoon.

The 2013 world champion revealed set-up experimentation and the failure to fit a fresh tyre was the reason for his lowly showing in FP3, which forced him into SP1.

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Sykes pushed on to break his own year old pole position record twice in the afternoon, to secure his 27th career pole by two tenths of a second from Leon Haslam.

"I am a little bit surprised to be win Superpole because I was not sure if my lap was good enough," said Sykes, a double winner here in 2014. "But it was, so for this I am happy. I used a race tyre, then a qualifier in Superpole 1 and finally we had to do three fast laps on the front tyre.

"I did a 1'34.9 on a race tyre at one stage but the front tyre had already done ten laps. The new track surface is good and the circuit is faster, and a better camber in some areas. We have had a good way of working through the weekend but we had to try a couple of different things and they did not work out.

"We got caught out because we did not put a fresh tyre in during practice to check our performance over one lap. In a way it was good to do Superpole 1 because I got three extra flying laps in. At this level it gives you a bit more understanding, especially on fresh tyres."