Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes smashed his own lap record in qualifying at Donington Park today, as the former world champion took pole position in stunning form in front of his home crowd.
|Sykes dominates at Donington
Sykes topped combined free practise at the Derbyshire circuit, 0.111 ahead of his competitors as just one second covered the top 13 riders at the lone UK SBK round.
Home hero Leon Haslam was fastest in the fourth free practise of the weekend by only 0.087s ahead of Sykes as lap times continued to tumble.
Failing to sit at the top of Superpole two throughout the session Sykes came out and put in his record breaking lap with around three minutes left on the clock, shaving 0.3s off his previous record set two years ago.
Lining up next to Sykes on the grid is his KRT team-mate Jonathan Rea who was able to break Sykes’ record but unable to find the blistering pace of his fellow ZX-10R rider. Davide Giugliano secured a front row start for his Aruba.it Racing Ducati as local rider Leon Haslam will start from the front of the second row on his Red Devils Roma Aprilia.
Alex Lowes secured fifth position on the grid after he sat at the top for the majority of the session ahead of Chaz Davies in seventh.
1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 27.071s
2. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 27.308s
3. Davide Giugliano ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 27.344s
4. Leon Haslam GBR Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 27.535s
5. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 27.554s
6. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 27.710s
7. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta F4 RR 1m 28.011s
8. Matteo Baiocco ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 28.188s
9. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 28.370s
10. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 28.620s
11. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia S1000RR 1m 28.701s
12. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 28.715s
13. Jordi Torres ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 28.689s
14. Nicolas Terol SPA Althea Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 28.827s
15. Leandro Mercado ARG Barni Ducati 1199R 1m 28.991s
16. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 29.436s
17. Christophe Ponsson FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 29.668s
18. Randy de Puniet FRA Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 29.686s
19. Niccolo Canepa ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 29.783s
20. Santiago Barragan ESP Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.839s
21. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 32.647s
22. Gabor Rizmayer HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 33.466s