Tom Sykes will start the final round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship from his sixth pole position of the season as he edged out team-mate Jonathan Rea for a Kawasaki 1-2 in Qatar.

In a year that has seen Sykes continue to demonstrate his superiority over a single lap on the ZX-10R, the Englishman was in fine form yet again around the Losail International Circuit to prove fastest on both race rubber and Superpole tyres.

Indeed, it was Sykes that would set the benchmark at the start of SP2, but while rivals would surpass that on their second efforts with more favourable rubber as the seconds ticked down, Sykes' final lap of 1min 56.821secs would prove too good once again.

Related Articles

A sixth pole position to conclude the 2015 season - and the 30th of his career -, the result will also aid him in his hopes of challenging Chaz Davies for the runners-up spot having come into the final event 16 points behind.

Though his 2015 pole position tally of two pales in comparison to Sykes', Rea's stunning performances come race day make him a favourite from second position, the new champion seeking a 15th and 16th win to wrap up a remarkable year.

Completing the front row, Xavi Fores was an impressive third fastest on the Ducati, the Spaniard - standing in again for the injured Davide Giugliano - bouncing back from his sizeable FP1 crash to out-qualify team-mate Davies, who starts fourth.

Leon Haslam will get away from fifth place, ahead of Aprilia team-mate Jordi Torres, who couldn't reproduce his rapid practice pace when it mattered as he settled for sixth.

Heading up row three will be Suzuki duo Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet, the latter producing easily the best qualifying performance of what has been an otherwise disappointing maiden WSBK season, while Michael van der Mark was left a disgruntled ninth after a wobble on his final lap scuppered his hopes of matching his practice pace on the PATA Honda.

SP1 qualifier Leandro Mercado rounds out the top ten, ahead of Matteo Baiocco - who suffered a high-side in the closing seconds of Superpole - and David Salom in 11th and 12th.

Elsewhere, Sylvain Guintoli will start his final race for Honda from 13th place, last year's champion paying the price for limited track time this weekend having been forced to contend with mechanical problems in the run up to qualifying. He will start ahead of Niccolo Canepa, Ayrton Badovini and Leon Camier.