SBK Monza: Sykes Holds Off Aprilia Pair For Pole Position


Tom Sykes claimed his third Superpole victory in a row although he was made to work hard for it by the factory Aprilia riders at Monza. The Kawasaki rider didn’t enjoy the usual level of dominance over a single lap but Tom still had enough to edge out Eugene Laverty while championship leader Sylvain Guintoli completed the front row.

Sykes had started to assert his authority in SP2 but the Aprilia riders went faster than that at the beginning of SP3 with Laverty half a second clear of the competition. The Englishman had expected a strong challenge from the RSV4 but his 1:41.223 was enough to sneak him ahead of Laverty by 0.085s

“I did not know the time Eugene had set but I knew that the Aprilias would be fast here”, admitted Sykes. “I am looking forward to tomorrow because we all have good race pace. In some areas we have an advantage and we got a new circuit record in Superpole, and the ideal starting position for tomorrow. I am looking forward to two exciting races. I like racing at Monza because the spectators are crazy like me! The fans are very enthusiastic and Monza is a very fast circuit. I hope to be very strong tomorrow.”

Jonathan Rea had initially taken third after his first run but Guintoli had enough time and tyres to have a second crack, pulling out a 1:41.542 in the dying seconds to push Rea off the front row. With Leon Haslam out injured, PATA Honda’s victory hopes rest solely on the Ulsterman’s shoulders and he will be a contender from fourth on the grid, joined on row two by Marco Melandri and Davide Giugliano, the leading home-based riders.

Jules Cluzel shone to take seventh having risen as high as second in SP2 while Leon Camier qualified eighth on the second FIXI Crescent Suzuki. Chaz Davies was left to rue an error at the Roggia chicane which left him with no new tyres to attack the track with. Ninth was the only likely result from there.

Ayrton Badovini is the leading Ducati rider in twelfth but the Alstare squad will be without their leader in Carlos Checa after the former champion pulled out on Saturday morning with a shoulder injury.

 

2013 eni Superbike World Championship – Round Four: Monza
Superpole Result
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Tom Sykes Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 1:41.223
2  Eugene Laverty Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 1:41.308
3  Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 1:41.542
4  Jonathan Rea Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 1:41.798
5  Marco Melandri BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 1:41.819
6  Davide Giugliano Aprilia Althea Racing 1:41.926
7  Jules Cluzel Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 1:42.680
8  Leon Camier Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 1:42.808
9  Chaz Davies BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 1:42.955
Eliminated In SP2
10  Michel Fabrizio Aprilia Red Devils Roma 1:42.469
11  Loris Baz Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 1:42.726
12  Ayrton Badovini Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 1:43.801
Eliminated In SP1
13  Max Neukirchner Ducati MR-Racing 1:44.246
14  Fabrizio Lai Kawasaki Pedercini Team 1:44.883
15  Federico Sandi Kawasaki Pedercini Team 1:44.889
Failed To Qualify For Superpole
16  Mark Aitchison Ducati Team Effenbert Liberty Racing 1:46.523
17  Kosuke Akiyoshi Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 1:46.631
18  Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 1:46.827
Withdrawn Due To Injury
   Carlos Checa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare