Sykes touched the rear brake entering turn three and he fell, but he got away unscathed, with only a sharp impact on his left leg to deal with. He still clocked the third quickest time with a 2’10.136, and his team-mate Loris Baz was never far off the pace of the Brit, and the Frenchman starts from fourth on the grid, heading up row two.
The Yorkshire lad is just ‘happy’ that he made it on to the front row in tough conditions, and after getting a ‘dead leg’, but is hoping for a sunnier climate for the races on Sunday.
“I am on the front row and happy with that because I felt very confident with the bike in both wet and dry conditions today. I hope the sun will come out tomorrow and we will have two strong races,” said Sykes.
“The main thing today was to get on the front row and we did that. I had a crash into turn three at the end but I got away lightly. I hit my thigh and ankle on the tarmac and had a ‘dead leg’ for a while but I wear the best of protective clothing and it did its job.
“Our bike is working the best it has for a while in full wet conditions. In any conditions I am confident and the team has done a great job.”
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