Sykes secures fifth pole on the bounce at Portimao

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes will start the sixth round of the World Superbike championship from pole position for the fifth time in a row, setting a new lap record along the way.

Sykes continues to dominate in Superpole

Photo: Kawasaki Racing Team

 

The 27 year old sat in fifth after combined qualifying practice, but then worked well with his ZX-10R to secure unexpected faster times. With spots of rain on the track Sykes had to plan his timing wisely, and despite bumpy track conditions the Yorkshire Grinner was just able to hold Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty off; beating him by one thousandth of a second to claim pole position with a time of 1.41.360.

Sykes’ pole position was the 16th of his career“I am really happy to have five Superpole wins on the bounce, it is a record for me. I was able to do my time on a dry and sunny track but Eugene Laverty almost beat me to it this time. He was not quite close enough, so it does not matter if it is one thousandth of a second or one second, it went in my favour. I am looking forward to two races tomorrow and I am expecting them to be difficult, but also a good show for the fans. We took a circuit best lap and I was surprised at that because last year I put in a good lap in better conditions. I think it shows that Pirelli have made a good step with the tyres. Conditions today were not as good as last year and yet we went faster. I was not expecting this lap time – but I will certainly take it!”

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