Sykes Grabs Ninth Tissot-Superpole
MAGNY-COURS, France – Tom Sykes continued his domination of the Tissot-Superpole in World Superbike competition Saturday, grabbing the top spot at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
Sykes now has nine Tissot-Superpole successes to his credit this year, and 11 in his relatively short SBK career.
“It’s nice for me to start in pole position, I’m not a big fan of this place, but the ZX-10R is working very nice and I’m able to do what is needed with the bike,” Sykes said. “We’ve been consistent, our dry race setting is very good and when we put in the Pirelli qualifying tyres the Kawasaki seems to accept these very well. It makes my life easier and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Carlos Checa of Althea Racing Ducati posted the second quickest time, over half a second away from Sykes, while Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) held off the attentions of Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), who will line up on the front row in fourth place.
Championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) is only 10th on the grid after failing to get out of Superpole 2. This puts him on the third row of the grid for Sunday’s races.
PATA Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli was a popular top five rider in Superpole at his home round, while Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) put himself into the top six.
Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) pushed to seventh despite a badly injured right index finger. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) completed the top eight after making a great improvement on his early qualifying places. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) finished up ninth on the grid one place ahead of Max Biaggi.