Sykes Leads All British Front Row At Portimao


Tom Sykes will lead an all-British front row on the grid for tomorrow’s races at Portimao after another dominant Superpole showing. The world champion, who was involved in a feisty Twitter exchange with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty before the weekend concerning the undulating Portuguese circuit, pipped Rea to pole with Chaz Davies claiming third for Ducati.

The opening Superpole session was delayed after a heavy crash for Claudio Corti but once it resumed, Sylvain Barrier comfortably booked his place in SP2 along with David Salom. Barrier then proceeded to set a sensational 1:43.754 which lifted him to fourth at one point, surprising one or two of the factory riders.

The Frenchman was shuffled back down the order though as his competitors switched to the qualifying tyre with Sykes setting the quickest time of all, three tenths faster than Rea’s PATA Honda. Davies was the only rider to break the 1:42s, claiming third for Ducati, while championship contenders Marco Melandri, Loris Baz and Sylvain Guintoli will start together on the second row. Eugene Laverty took seventh ahead of Davide Giugliano and Leon Haslam with the impressive Barrier demoted to tenth in the end.

But Sykes will be the man everyone has to beat tomorrow and the Kawasaki rider expects a number of riders to threaten him over longer runs.

“The Ninja ZX-10R is working well after we started quite steadily this weekend. We made some small changes to the bike every session and now I feel more comfortable on it. On the race tyre I was able to feel more comfortable and in Superpole, with the qualifying tyre, I just made it to the apexes a little bit easier. The circuit is missing a little bit of grip and of course the high winds are not helping, especially on the final section, but it is costing everybody some time. I am happy, especially after the changes we made today. I feel more comfortable and confident for the races tomorrow but I expect two difficult races. There are a lot of riders who are capable of running at the front but we will do the best we can.”

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 8 – PORTIMAO
FREE PRACTICE & TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME  
1  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:42.484 SP2
2  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:42.765 SP2
3  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:42.924 SP2
4  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:43.038 SP2
5  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:43.048 SP2
6  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:43.076 SP2
7  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:43.245 SP2
8  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:43.317 SP2
9  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:43.475 SP2
10  SYLVAIN BARRIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:43.754 SP2
11  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:43.840 SP2
12  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:44.361 SP2
13  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:44.472 SP1
14  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:44.590 SP1
15  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:44.971 SP1
16  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:45.198 SP1
17  BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:45.543 SP1
18  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:45.805 SP1
19  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE NO TIME SP1
20  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA NO TIME SP1
21  RICCARDO RUSSO KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:45.298 FP3
22  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 1:45.342 FP3
23  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA 1:45.405 FP3
24  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:46.971 FP3
25  GABOR RIZMAYER BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:48.250 FP3
26  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:48.468 FP3
27  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:48.734 FP3