Sykes secures Donington pole

Tom Sykes will start Race 1 for the British World Superbikes from pole position after edging championship leader Jonathan Rea.

Wearing black armbands to remember Nicky Hayden, Saturday's qualifying for the British round of the World Superbike Championship got underway on a sombre note.

Kawasaki led the early running with Sykes ahead of Rea and Chaz Davies hot on their heels.

The Ducati rider was the first to improve on the final run, down to a 1:27.338.

His P1, though, was short-lived as Sykes came through with a 1:26.641 while Rea jumped up to second place.

Davies will join his title rivals on the front row of the grid.

Alex Lowes was fourth ahead of Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty.

The Ulsterman was one of the two riders to progress through SP1, the other being Xavi Fores who qualified P6.

1  SYKES Tom    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'26.641
2  REA Jonathan    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'27.005
3  DAVIES Chaz    Ducati Panigale R    1'27.338
4  LOWES Alex    Yamaha YZF R1    1'27.538
5  MELANDRI Marco    Ducati Panigale R    1'27.818
6  LAVERTY Eugene    Aprilia RSV4 RF    1'27.880
7  FORÉS Xavi    Ducati Panigale R    1'28.155
8  HASLAM Leon    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'28.254
9  MERCADO Leandro    Aprilia RSV4 RF    1'28.308
10  CAMIER Leon    MV Agusta 1000 F4    1'28.337
11  VAN DER MARK Michael    Yamaha YZF R1    1'28.533
12  SAVADORI Lorenzo    Aprilia RSV4 RF    1'28.650
13 TORRES Jordi    BMW S 1000 R    1'28.768
14 BRADL Stefan    Honda CBR1000RR    1'29.186
15 KRUMMENACHER Randy    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'29.534
16 RAMOS Román    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'29.638
17 DE ANGELIS Alex    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'29.735
18 RUSSO Riccardo    Yamaha YZF R1    1'29.976
19 DE ROSA Raffaele    BMW S 1000 RR    1'30.071
20 BADOVINI Ayrton    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'30.222
21 JEZEK Ondrej    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'30.472
22  DIXON Jake    Kawasaki ZX-10RR    1'30.593