Sykes Beats Baz To Pole Position At Aragon


Tom Sykes led a Kawasaki 1-2 in Superpole at Aragon after snatching pole position from teammate Loris Baz in the dying seconds. The reigning world champion was the king of Saturday afternoons last season and set a time within a tenth of his own Superpole record to open his 2014 account.

Superpole 1 was delayed substantially following a bizarre incident on the start/finish straight which saw Jeremy Guarnoni’s MRS Kawasaki suffer an engine blow-up with debris taking out a pit board, leaving oil and debris on the race track. Thankfully no-one was injured and once the action resumed, Elias set about doing what he needed to reach the second session. The Spaniard succeeded with a 1:58.938 while Leon Camier produced a sensational effort to snatch second from Niccolo Canepa, the Briton returning to the series as a replacement for the injured Sylvain Barrier.

Camier couldn’t perform such heroics in SP2 as a late crash kept him back in eleventh but he will at least start ahead of Leon Haslam following a high side for the PATA on his first timed lap of the afternoon. Davide Giugliano’s opening attempt launched him straight into pole position but championship leader Sylvain Guintoli changed that with a 1:56.769 a minute from time.

The Kawasaki challenge emerged in the final seconds with Loris Baz going a tenth faster than his fellow countryman but Sykes saw off the pair of them with a 1:56.479 as the chequered flag flew. Giugliano fell to fourth with Jonathan Rea grabbing fifth from Chaz Davies after the Welshman crashed his Ducati at turn twelve.

Marco Melandri had showed impressive pace in free practice but must come through from seventh on the grid tomorrow and the Italian will have both Voltcom Suzuki’s for company on row three with Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes qualifying eighth and ninth, just ahead of Toni Elias.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 2 – MOTORLAND ARAGON
TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:56.479
2  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:56.675
3  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:56.769
4  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:56.825
5  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:56.972
6  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:56.977
7  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:57.063
8  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:57.736
9  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:57.975
10  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:58.180
11  LEON CAMIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:59.326
12  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE NO TIME
ELIMINATED IN SUPERPOLE 1
13  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:59.255
14  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:59.486
15  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:59.596
16  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA RC-YAKHNICH MOTORSPORT 1:59.747
17  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 2:00.415
18  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 2:01.102
19  MICHEL FABRIZIO KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 2:01.862
20  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI NO TIME
FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR SUPERPOLE 1
21  LUCA SCASSA KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 2:02.037
22  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA 2:02.188
23  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 2:02.507
24  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 2:02.682
25  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 2:03.102
26  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 2:03.657
27  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 2:05.623