Sykes Regains Superpole Supremacy At Misano


Tom Sykes claimed his first pole position since Aragon and just his second of the season after topping the times in Superpole at Misano. The world champion shrugged off any pain from his first lap accident in Malaysia to outpace Davide Giugliano and his nearest title rival Sylvain Guintoli.

Sykes hadn’t set the pace in any of the four free practice sessions as Aprilia and Ducati took turns at the top and as the riders set about their qualifying tyre runs in SP2, Davide Giugliano was the man to beat aboard his Panigale. Tom had other ideas though and with a superb run through the second half of the lap, became the first rider to go under 1m35, snatching pole by two tenths of a second.

The Kawasaki rider is confident of challenging for victory tomorrow given his pace over long runs and was equally delighted with the way his ZX-10R performed this afternoon.

“The support from the Italian fans has been fantastic as always. I have been happy with my pace over race distance since the start but I knew it was over one lap that I really needed to attack the circuit. The people around me are very, very special and they were able to adapt the bike so that when we put the Pirelli qualifying tyre in I was able to do well and take Superpole. I was very happy with the character of the bike and I was able to move the bike from one side of the track to the other side of the track and hit each apex as I wanted to. We are always learning and I think we have done a fantastic job. To take the circuit record from one of my racing heroes, and a very, very talented rider like Troy Corser is a very proud moment for me.”

Giugliano starts second tomorrow after edging out Sylvain Guintoli while Loris Baz, one of the paddock’s least popular teammates, will line up fourth. Malaysia double winner Marco Melandri qualified fifth and in doing so, provided a slipstream which towed Toni Elias to sixth. Chaz Davies heads an all-British third row ahead of Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty with Niccolo Canepa doing a terrific job to drag his EVO Ducati into the top ten.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 7 – MISANO
FREE PRACTICE & TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME  
1  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:34.883 SP2
2  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:35.079 SP2
3  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:35.106 SP2
4  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:35.254 SP2
5  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:35.316 SP2
6  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:35.404 SP2
7  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:35.602 SP2
8  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:35.675 SP2
9  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:36.043 SP2
10  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:36.404 SP2
11  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:36.489 SP2
12  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:36.515 SP2
13  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:36.843 SP1
14  MATTEO BAIOCCO DUCATI GRANDI CORSE BY A.P. RACING 1:36.931 SP1
15  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:37.038 SP1
16  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE 1:37.351 SP1
17  SYLVAIN BARRIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:37.499 SP1
18  IVAN GOI DUCATI BARNI RACING TEAM 1:37.540 SP1
19  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:37.807 SP1
20  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA 1:38.008 SP1
21  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:38.170 FP
22  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 1:38.308 FP
23  RICCARDO RUSSO KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:38.402 FP
24  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:38.850 FP
25  BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:39.412 FP
26  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:40.239 FP
27  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:40.424 FP
28  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:40.994 FP
29  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:41.176 FP
30  MICHAEL SAVARY MV AGUSTA DREAM TEAM COMPANY 1:43.187 FP