WSBK: Sykes steals Aragon pole from Laverty

Tom Sykes reminded everyone that Superpole is his “thing” today in Aragon as he set a blistering lap to take pole at the second round of the World Superbike Championship in Aragon. Sykes has been on the pace all

Mr Superpole is back…

Photo: KRT. 

weekend, with only Eugene Laverty able to match and better the Huddersfield man.

Sykes drew the first blood in SP1, topping the table from Laverty, Cluzel and Davies. Alstare Ducati’s difficult weekend continued as Aryton Badovini was knocked into the drop zone by Max Neurkichner with a few seconds remaining. Alexander Lundh ran out of any chances to get into the top 12 as his bike blew up with 3 minutes to go.

Laverty fought back in SP2, setting the first 1’56 lap of the weekend with 1’56.6. Loris Baz surprised in second place after getting a tow from Chaz Davies. Things got quite interesting though towards the end of SP2, as Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam were in the risky spots of the timesheets with 2 minutes to go. Davide Giugliano put his Aprilia into the top 10 knocking Haslam out, Haslam’s final lap wasn’t quite fast enough to get back in meaning Melandri’s fate depended on Carlos Checa, who just missed out claiming 10th place.

In SP3, Laverty set the pace early on but was topped by an incredible lap from Tom Sykes (1’56.3). It looked like it could be interesting towards the end, Sykes, Davies and Rea left the pits with a qualifying tyre with 2 minutes to go. Sykes let Davies past as to not give him a tow meaning only Davies got across the line in time for a lap. He had looked likely to improve on position until he ran on, meaning Davies remained third.

Guintoli was fourth, an impressive performance from Jules Cluzel saw him take 5th from Loris Baz in 6th. Giugliano and Rea form the third row.

Times below.

You can view a PDF of times here.

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