Sykes Takes MotorLand Superpole
ARAGON, Spain — World Superbike round two Tissot-Superpole qualifying was held at MotorLand Aragon under blue skies.
After missing the top spot of the grid on Friday, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) went back to his usual Saturday level by scoring the 12th Superpole of his career and set a 1:56.339 new Best Lap for the Spanish track.
The English rider saved both qualifying tyres for Superpole 3, a strategy that proved to be perfect. Fellow Brit Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) did the same, but went wide on the last lap and missed his last opportunity to snatch pole position, finishing third behind Championship Leader Eugene Laverty. The Championship Leader, who lead both Free Practice 2 and Superpole 1, is still looking forward to his maiden Superbike pole start.
Second works Aprilia rider and co-protagonist at Phillip Island Sylvain Guintoli gets the first slot of the second row for tomorrow’s two races, making some ground after a poor start of the weekend, and will be flanked by Jules Cluzel who — onboard the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R — had an incredible maiden Superpole of his career.
Sixth was Loris Baz, ahead of Italy’s Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia).
An unfortunate Superpole in front of his home crowd for Carlos Checa, who didn’tmake it to Superpole 3 for a matter of just 0.036 seconds.