Sykes A Step Closer With Magny Cours Pole


Tom Sykes will head into tomorrow with a genuine chance of clinching his second Superbike World Championship after taking pole position at Magny Cours. The reigning champion set the fastest ever SBK lap time around the French circuit to see off Davide Giugliano in Superpole while his title rival Sylvain Guintoli could only manage fifth.

The second Superpole session began with riders setting a banker lap on race tyres but that didn’t stop Giugliano setting the fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:37.011. Jonathan Rea set the ball rolling on qualifying rubber by going six thousandths faster but Sykes blew that time away with his final effort, pulling out six tenths over his rivals.

Giugliano did have more left in the tank but the Italian could do no better than a 1:36.593 to regain second from Rea. The PATA Honda rider did break into the 1:36s on his last attempt but remained in third, just ahead of the second factory Ducati ridden by Chaz Davies.

Guintoli’s late flyer only produced a 1:37.184 for fifth spot with his Aprilia teammate Marco Melandri six thousandths behind in sixth and unlikely to offer any help to the home favourite if Jerez is anything to go by. Loris Baz had to book his spot in the shootout for pole via SP1 but recovered to salvage seventh with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki pair Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty joining him on row three.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 11 – MAGNY COURS
FREE PRACTICE & TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM BEST TIME 
1 1  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:36.366 SP2
2 34  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:36.593 SP2
3 65  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:36.906 SP2
4 7  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:37.021 SP2
5 50  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:37.184 SP2
6 33  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:37.190 SP2
7 76  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:37.215 SP2
8 22  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:37.270 SP2
9 58  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:37.407 SP2
10 91  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:37.575 SP2
11 212  XAVI FORES DUCATI 3C RACING TEAM 1:37.673 SP2
12 27  MAX NEUKIRCHNER DUCATI 3C RACING TEAM 1:37.877 SP2
13 52  SYLVAIN BARRIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:38.415 SP1
14 24  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:38.621 SP1
15 57  LORENZO LANZI DUCATI 3C RACING TEAM 1:38.883 SP1
16 59  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:39.367 SP1
17 44  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:39.452 SP1
18 71  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE 1:39.518 SP1
19 32  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:39.701 SP1
20 9  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:39.850 SP1
21 11  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 1:40.427 FP3
22 21  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:40.926 FP3
23 67  BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:41.181 FP3
24 99  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:42.051 FP3
25 20  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:42.406 FP3
26 10  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:42.470 FP3
27 74  GABOR RIZMAYER BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:43.023 FP1
28 16  NICOLAS SALCHAUD MV AGUSTA DREAM TEAM COMPANY 1:44.559 FP3