Sykes: Today I wanted to go for full glory

Tom Sykes produced a customary late-flying lap in Saturday afternoon’s Superpole session to claim his fifth World Superbike pole position of 2014 at Magny-Cours.

Sykes is adequately places to extend his championship lead on Sunday
Photo: Kawasaki Racing
Sykes smashed his two-year old circuit record by a full six tenths of a second to edge Davide Giugliano off top spot in a hotly contested session. 

The reigning world champion brushed off a qualifying spill in Free Practice to seize initiative of the weekend’s proceedings at a track at which he scored an emphatic double in 2013.

“I always ride a little bit reserved with a race tyre in Superpole, especially with the one bike rule in place,” he said in parc fermé. “My target today was very clear, however. It is always to get onto the front row at every race, but today I wanted to go for full glory. As soon as I put the qualifying tyre in the Ninja ZX-10R was working brilliantly.”

All of a sudden we were able to put the bike where we wanted on the track a bit more easily and the new best lap time came relatively nicely. I was pushing, of course, and the bike was moving, but at the same time it was working well. Because of that I am very happy.”

Sykes came to France with a commanding – albeit somewhat diminished – championship lead of 31 points. With title rival Sylvain Guintoli starting fifth overall, the Kawasaki rider is adequately placed to conserve his championship advantage.

Sykes can claim his second world title on Sunday should he score 19 points more than Sylvain Guintoli and fail to lose more than 17 points to Jonathan Rea in both races.

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