Tom Sykes says he is only 'relatively confident' about his chances come race day in Sepang, despite scoring a dominant fourth pole position of the season for Kawasaki.

The Englishman notched a 27th career Superpole win after a tremendous final lap effort proved more than enough to unseat would-be first-time pole winner Jordi Torres in the last seconds of the session.

It comes after Sykes very nearly didn't make Superpole 2 automatically having taken the risk to stick with the harder tyre all session in order to complete evaluations that were supposed to be trialled in the rain-hit FP2.

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However, the gamble paid off and Sykes was able to show his true pace in FP4 with the fastest time before going on to do the same in Superpole. Even so, he remains in a fairly modest mood ahead of the two races.

"On track we were a little bit behind to start with as we had a big schedule of work this weekend and had to compromise on it because of the session we missed yesterday in the rain," he said. "That is the same for everybody so overall I am relatively happy. We did what we wanted for Superpole and did what we wanted to do in Free Practice 4. The bike settings came good and I was really happy for that.

"In FP3 we stayed on a harder tyre all session just to evaluate some things and we almost got caught out. On paper seventh at that point may have looked bad, but in reality it was not the case and we moved back up the order.

"I think tomorrow will be interesting and we do not look in bad shape, so I am relatively confident. The weather may be a bit hit and miss but we are set-up now for dry conditions."