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Tom Sykes To Start Sepang WSBK Race One From Pole

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Tom Sykes (KRT) took his 28th career pole position today with a 2‰Ûª03.240 lap that gives him the best possible starting place for Sunday‰Ûªs two WorldSBK races at Sepang.

In a very open Superpole 2 session that saw several manufacturers competing for the pre-race advantage Sykes and his official Ninja ZX-10R came out on top after he made the best use of his qualifying set-up close to the end of the 15-minute session.

Already second in the all-time Superpole winners‰Ûª rankings, Sykes put it all together again after a sometimes challenging period of practice, in which he and his team-mate Rea lost a full practice session due to a fall of heavy rain shortly before the second period of track action on Friday afternoon.

Sykes is now confident that his team has found a strong race pace in readiness for Sunday, at what is one of Tom‰Ûªs favourite circuits.

‰ÛÏI had a great start to the weekend as my wife had just given birth to a baby daughter. 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." Sykes 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.‰Û

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