News 21 Jun 2015

Sykes storms to Misano WorldSBK Superpole

Kawasaki rider climbs through SP1 to deliver pole.

Source: WorldSBK.

Source: WorldSBK.

After two of the most unpredictable Tissot-Superpole sessions of the season, Tom Sykes will start Sunday’s two 21-lap races at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from pole position.

The Kawasaki rider powered to the top spot, claiming a new outright circuit best lap of 1m34.214s as well as his third front-grid start of the year. Courtesy of his 27th career pole, the Briton elevates himself to second all-time for the most pole positions taken in the series.

With the current Tissot-Superpole format, this is the first time that a rider is able to claim pole position after making his way through Superpole 1.

Alongside Sykes on the grid tomorrow will be Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Davide Giugliano ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team), the front row qualifiers split by 0.228s.

Row two will see championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) and Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) with row three comprising Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Ayrton Badovini and reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).

Tenth after qualifying was Michele Pirro ( Racing – Ducati SBK Team), he will head row four where he will be joined by Chaz Davies on the third of the official Ducatis entered this weekend and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati).

In 13th on the grid will be Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), he will be joined on the fifth row by Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).

The sole qualifying session for the World Supersport Championship was a thriller, with the outright circuit best being bettered initially by Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and PJ Jacobsen (CORE’’ Motorsport Thailand Honda), before eventual pole-setter Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) demolished it by almost a second at 1m37.482s.

Sofouglu and Jacobsen were second and third and will take their respective places on the record-breaking front row of the grid for tomorrow’s 19-lap race. Lone Australian on the grid Glenn Scott (AARK Racing) will start out of 15th place.

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup points leader Lorenzo Savadori (Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia) gave himself the best opportunity to put one hand on the 2015 title after storming to pole position, while Pedercini Kawasaki duo Bryan Staring and Aiden Wagner will line up from 12th and 23rd respectively.

Federico Caricasulo (Pata Honda Junior Team) won the Superstock 600 race in front of his home fans after timing his move for the lead almost perfectly on the penultimate lap, however it was Toprak Razgatliogliu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who claimed the crown with two races remaining.

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