Superbikes

Sykes on World Superbike pole after smashing Aragon lap record

Briton Tom Sykes continued his explosive qualifying form by taking another pole ahead of the World Superbike races at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

 
Sykes on WSB pole - SuperbikesAFP
 

His time of a minute 56.552 seconds smashed the lap record at the circuit by seven-tenths of a second.

Kawasaki rider Sykes has now won pole position for six of eight events this season.

Series leader Max Biaggi will start race one from second spot with fellow Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty just shy of his time and Leon Haslam of BMW Motorrad also on the front row.

Marco Melandri, who dominated qualifying practice, could only manage fifth, ahead of Jonathan Rea, who had struggled in the two QP sessions on the factory Honda and stands second in the championship.

Ducati Althea’s Carlos Checa was seventh with Chaz Davies of ParkinGO MTC Aprilia eighth after reaching Superpole 3 for the first time this season.

He was hindered in the final mini-session by running off the track on a hot lap.

Results:

1 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.552

2 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.260

3 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.592

4 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.710

5 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.784

6 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.033

7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.243

8 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.485

-------------------------------------------------- Superpole 2 --------------------------------------------------

9 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.073

10 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.249

11 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.264

12 J. SMRZ CZE Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1'59.160

-------------------------------------------------- Superpole 1 --------------------------------------------------

13 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.534

14 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.660

15 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.302

16 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'59.549

------------------------------------------------ Others in Grid --------------------------------------------------

17 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.474

18 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.686

19 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'59.811

20 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2'00.164

21 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.245

22 L. MERCADO ARG Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.975

23 N. BRIGNOLA ITA Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 2'03.823

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