WSB: Sykes returns to the top ahead of Superpole

Tom Sykes has returned to the top of the World Superbike time sheets after the second qualifying session in Motorland Aragón. The Kawasaki man’s time was 2 tenths faster than yesterday’s fastest man, Aprilia’s

Sykes heads into Superpole fastest.

Eugene Laverty.

Keeping up the English/Irish representation at the front, Jonathan Rea put his PATA Honda into third fastest, in the first real form we’ve seen this year from the Honda man. Rea’s team mate, Haslam crashed out unhurt  early on but causing significant damage to the bike and did not set a time in the second session, fortunately his time from yesterday qualifies him for superpole in 12th.

Friday’s second place man, Davies was 4th followed by a surprise performance from Althea Aprilia’s Davide Giugliano – who had been as high as second with around 10 minutes to go. The satellite Aprilia rider was ahead of factory rider, Sylvain Guintoli who recorded the 6th fastest time followed by Marco Melandri and Loris Baz.

Leon Camier, despite being laid up in hopsital in a leg splint, still managed to record the 9th fastest combined time to qualify for superpole. Unfortunately as predicted, the lanky Brit won’t be racing this weekend, Suzuki confirmed this morning.

Michel Fabrizio was 11th despite a high side half way through the session. A troubled weekend for the Alstare Ducati squad continued, with Checa and Badovini qualifying 13th and 14th respectively, ahead of the only other man on a Panigale, Max Neukirchner.

Federico Sandi, Ivan Clementi, Mark Aitchison and Vittorio Iannuzzo did not qualify for Superpole and line up 17th-20th respectively.

Times below
1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’57.785
2 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory  1’58.029
3 65 J. REA GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1’58.090
4 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR  1’58.117
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’58.330
6 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory  1’58.426
7 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 1’58.925
8 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’58.996
9 2 L. CAMIER GBR Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’59.379
10 16 J. CLUZEL FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’59.414
11 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’59.471
12 91 L. HASLAM GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.599
13 7 C. CHECA ESP Team Ducati Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale R  1’59.647
14 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Team Ducati Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2’00.174
15 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER MR-Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2’00.370
16 5 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R  2’00.511
17 23 F. SANDI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2’00.979
18 18 I. CLEMENTI ITA HTM Racing BMW S1000 RR 2’02.140
19 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2’02.554
20 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA Grillini Dentalmatic SBK BMW S1000 RR 2’03.201

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