WSBK: Sykes tops Q1 despite crash at Donington Park

Sykes leads the way in Q1

Photo: WSBK

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes has finished the first qualifying session of the weekend in first position, 1.282 seconds ahead of his rivals. Despite crashing out at the Old Hairpin on a cool down lap, Sykes walked away unhurt but unable to set a faster lap.

Jonathan Rea set the pace at a cold and windy Donington Park this afternoon, putting his Pata Honda at the top of the timing sheets. However the Irishman was soon to be knocked-off  the top spot by Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier, who shaved 0.724 seconds off Rea’s time. Again Rea didn’t stay at the top too long as compatriot Eugene Laverty was the first rider to set a 1.34 time pushing himself up into first position. The Irishman wasn’t leading the way for long when both Camier and Rea set faster times respectively. Italian Aprilia rider Davide Guigliano set a time of 1.32.923 which pushed the Brits off the top position.

20 minutes into the session then became Kawasaki domination. Both teammates Loris Baz and Tom Sykes set fastest laps of the session but it was Sykes who ended on top, setting four fastest laps with a final time of 1.30.278 putting him 1.282 seconds ahead of second place man Jonathan Rea. The Yorkshire Grinner was unable to improve this time following a crash at the Old Hairpin with just ten minutes of the session remaining. With thoughts heading towards rain and following a white flag, he walked away unhurt.

Home hero Leon Haslam made a return to World Superbikes today after missing Assen and Monza with a broken leg; his time of 1.33.402 put him in 14th position, 3.124 seconds back from Sykes’ time. French Fixi Cresent Suzuki rider Jules Cluzel also fell victim to the turn 4, crashing out just after Sykes again walking away unhurt but unable to place higher than 11th. Marco Melandri rounded out the top three, 1.293 seconds off Sykes’ time just ahead of World Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli who finished the session in fourth. Former podium finisher at Donington in Superstock 1000’s, Davide Guigliano completed the top five ahead of Leon Camier in sixth and Michel Fabrizio in seventh. Chaz Davies and Eugene Laverty finished 8th and 9th both just under 2 seconds of Sykes’ time. Frenchman Loris Baz concluded the top ten, 1.983 seconds behind his team-mate.

Results below:

1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’30.278

2. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.560
3. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’31.571
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.792
5. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.940
6. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’31.978
7. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.094
8. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.103
9. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.242
10. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.261
11. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.677
12. Niccolò Canepa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1098R 1’33.174
13. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’33.205
14. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’33.402
15. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’33.530
16. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’34.198
17. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’34.405
18. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’38.050
19. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’37.334

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