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Tom Sykes has obliterated the opposition on his way to a record-equalling fourth career pole position at Donington Park to match four-time champion Carl Fogarty's achievement at the British track.

After taking a clean sweep of the free practice sessions at the Leicestershire track, Sykes came into qualifying hot favourite for pole position and duly delivered in an emphatic style by beating nearest rival Chaz Davies by 0.860s.

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Sykes' fourth pole position in World Superbikes at Donington Park puts him level with record holder Fogarty with the pair now sharing the most poles record.

The Kawasaki rider will now look convert his pole into another record with victory this afternoon to extend his unbeaten streak at his home circuit to seven races.

Davies, who suffered a dramatic bike fire midway through FP2 on Friday, recovered well enough to be best of the also-rans in second, while Lorenzo Savadori grabbed IodaRacing Aprilia's best qualifying result of the season with third on the front row.

The Italian's blistering effort pushed reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea on to the front of the second row, directly behind his pole-sitting team-mate, and is joined on row two by Davide Giugliano and top BMW rider Jordi Torres.

Nicky Hayden made the most of his charge from Superpole 1 to jump to seventh on the grid and in front of MV Agusta's Leon Camier, as Pata Yamaha stand-in rider Cameron Beaubier converted his free practice pace into ninth in his maiden World Superbike qualifying.

Xavi Fores completed the top ten after Milwaukee BMW's Karel Abraham suffered a small off in his first automatic berth in Superpole two and Alex Lowes was ruled out of participating in qualifying due to injury, pulling out of the race weekend completed.

As a result, Honda's Michael van der Mark, who narrowly missed out on SP2, will start 12th on the amended grid ahead of Alex de Angelis and Josh Brookes.