WSBK: Sykes obliterates lap record to take pole at Donington

Tom Sykes has taken pole position at Donington Park taking yet another fastest-lap-ever in the process. The Grinner smashed the record that he set here last year by nearly four tenths.

Sykes claims his fourth pole position of the year

The first session was quite dramatic with five or six riders battling not to be in the drop-out zone. With 6 minutes to go the three riders heading out of Superpole were Baz, Cluzel and Badovini. Badovini sought to change this, as he went 11th fastest with 5 minutes to go whilst Loris Baz shot to second on the time sheets. Davies displaced Baz for second at the end of the session as Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s Jules Cluzel put in a strong last lap effort to make it into SP2. Not so lucky was Leon Haslam who had been running in the top ten at one point, he fell into the drop zone without enough time to improve therefore will start from 13th

Within his first couple of laps of SP2 Tom Sykes pencilled in a new circuit record, a 1’27.560 – over two tenths faster than his record from last year. Guintoli was the only man in the second session to be within half a second of the Huddersfield man. Despite several efforts and a decent lap from Carlos Checa, he didn’t manage to get into SP3 as Giugliano shot from 12th to 4th fastest and Jules Cluzel failed to replicate his last-minute pace of SP1 in the second session, meaning he’ll start from 11th. Loris Baz found himself 12th.

Guintoli put an impressive lap in at the start of the session, a 1’27.716 – bang on the best-lap from Sykes last year however Sykes then put in two consecutive laps faster than the time he set in SP2, settling with a 1’27.378 – the fastest ever superbike lap around Donington Park. Sykes is joined on the front row once again by the Aprilia duo of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty whilst Johnny Rea qualifies 4th, just missing out on the front row for the second time this season. Leon Camier put his FIXI Crescent Suzuki in fifth from the BMWs of Melandri and Davies. Giugliano finds himself in the middle of the third row alongside wildcard Niccolo Canepa – who put in an incredible performance to get into SP3 ahead of both Alstare Ducati team mates, including 2011 World Champion, Carlos Checa.

Times below

1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’27.378
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’27.716
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’28.014
4. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’28.139
5. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’28.252
6. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’28.280
7. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’28.644
8. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’28.779
9. Niccolò Canepa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’29.318
SP2: 
10. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’28.454
11. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’28.844
12. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’28.850
SP3
13. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’29.172
14. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’29.211
15. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’29.214
QP
16. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’30.817
17. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.010
18. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.145
19. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.141

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