Sykes Nabs Seventh Superbike Pole
BRNO, Czech Republic – Tom Sykes set quick time during Saturday’s Tissot-Superpole session at Brno Circuit to nab the pole for Sunday’s eni FIM World Superbike event.
The ending to the session was delayed due to an oil spoil, but in the end Sykes put his Kawasaki Racing Team entry on the pole for the seventh time this year.
His fastest lap of 1:58.010 was enough to stop Althea Racing Ducati’s Carols Checa from claiming the pole.
The final running of Tissot-Superpole 2 was declared wet and thus the top 12 riders who had made it through to that stage battled it out in a 20-minute session, which ended in dry conditions.
Eugene Laverty of Aprilia Racing timed third ahead of Friday’s fast man Davide Giugliano of Althea Racing Ducati.
Marco Melandri of BMW Motorrad Motorsport was fifth and Jonathan Rea of Honda World Superbike Team sixth.
Championship leader Max Biaggi of Aprilia Racing missed out on qualifying beyond Superpole One and will therefore start from 14th place on the grid.