Brilliant Sixth Superpole Win Of The Year For Sykes And KRT


Kawasaki Racing Team's Tom Sykes took his official Ninja ZX-10R machine to his sixth consecutive Superpole win at Imola, Italy, setting a new track best lap of 1‰Ûª45.981 seconds in Superpole 3.

Sykes was unstoppable even after he was forced to try for the pole time not once but twice in Superpole 3, when his team-mate Loris Baz fell at high speed and his machine blocked the track. Sykes had his first class-leading lap time deleted as he crossed the finish line, just after the red flags had come out, and he had to do it all again with no spare qualifying tyre left in his allocation.

After a conference with his team, and advice from his crew to use a fresh race tyre and not a used Qualifier from an earlier Superpole session, Sykes fitted a race option and took to the track once more. He then went on to set the fastest ever lap of the Imola circuit, without even having the extra grip that a qualifying tyre provides. He is now the only rider who has gone under the 1‰Ûª46 second mark at this classic Italian venue.

‰ÛÏThat Superpole win was down to a good call by my crew chief Marcel who said, after the red flag incident, we should use a fresh race tyre rather than the used qualifier I had wanted to go out on again," the Brit explained.

"So my best lap was done on a race tyre and I wanted to try my best and put in a big push for the great fans here and I got it a bit sideways a few times. To be honest, for me it was not the pole position that meant that much. To me it was to get on the front row first of all and also because I was motivated because I had to finally use a race tyre. When I produced that kind of fast lap time I was excited. Doing that Superpole session on a race tyre has also given us good information for the races tomorrow. I am looking to put in strong results after my stupid mistake in Portimao and two strong finishes would put that memory to bed.‰Û
Jonathan Rea just missed the top spot
Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow‰Ûªs two seventh-round World Superbike championship races from the front row of the grid after setting the second fastest time.

"I‰Ûªm delighted to be on the front row because that‰Ûªs always the target for the weekend, as I said yesterday," Rea said. "I was feeling really strong in second qualifying and free practice earlier, making good set-up changes with the bike. I‰Ûªm really enjoying riding the bike and I‰Ûªm happy with our set-up for two 21-lap races tomorrow. It‰Ûªs never easy but I feel more comfortable with the bike here and I think we‰Ûªve put ourselves in a position to be able to challenge at the front. I‰Ûªd be lying if I said I didn‰Ûªt want to win, but I think we‰Ûªve got a race package that will allow us to challenge for that so I‰Ûªll hope for good starts and two good races tomorrow."

In World Supersport Brit Sam Hornsey will head the front row ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Russian Vladimir Leonov.

Main Photo: Tom Sykes with his 6th Pole award for the year
Credit: Kawaskai Racing

2013 World Superbike championship, round seven Qualifying ‰ÛÒ Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy
1 Tom Sykes 1'45.981 (SP3) GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Jonathan Rea 1'46.556 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
3 Davide Giugliano 1'46.713 ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
4 Sylvain Guintoli 1'46.857 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
5 Eugene Laverty 1'46.931 IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
6 Leon Camier 1'47.165 GBR SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
7 Marco Melandri 1'47.221 ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
8 Ayrton Badovini 1'47.396 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
9 Loris Baz 1'48.668 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
10 Chaz Davies 1'47.736 (SP2) GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
11 Leon Haslam 1'48.096 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
12 Michel Fabrizio 1'47.619 ITA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
13 Carlos Checa 1'48.446 (SP1) SPA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
14 Jules Cluzel 1'48.636 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
15 Max Neukirchner 1'48.927 GER DUCATI MR-Racing
16 Federico Sandi 1'49.987 (SP) ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
17 Vittorio Iannuzzo 1'50.787 ITA BMW Team Grillini Dentalmatic
18 Noriyuki Haga 1'51.680 JPN BMW Team Grillini Dentalmatic
19 Alexander Lundh 1'52.232 SWE KAWASAKI Pedercini Team

WSS Qualifying position
1 Sam Hornsey 1m50.404s GBR SUZUKI RLR Motorsports
2 Kenan Sofuoglu 0.498 TUR KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
3 Vladimir Leonov 0.508 RUS YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
4 Riccardo Russo 0.558 ITA KAWASAKI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
5 Lorenzo Zanetti 1.300 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
6 Luca Scassa 1.302 ITA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
7 Kev Coghlan 1.311 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team
8 Andrea Antonelli 1.542 ITA KAWASAKI Team GOELEVEN
9 Sheridan Morais 1.557 RSA HONDA PTR Honda
10 Michael van der Mark 1.679 NED HONDA Pata Honda
11 Fabien Foret 1.799 FRA KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
12 Florian Marino 1.827 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
13 Raffaele De Rosa 2.019 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
14 Vladimir Ivanov 2.021 RUS KAWASAKI Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team
15 Alex Baldolini 2.115 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
16 Mathew Scholtz 2.157 RSA SUZUKI Suriano Racing Team
17 Fabio Menghi 2.244 ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
18 Marco Faccani 2.267 ITA HONDA Evan R. Bros by The SMA Honda
19 Massimo Roccoli 2.298 ITA YAMAHA Team PATA by Martini
20 Thomas Bridewell 2.334 GBR HONDA Team Lorini
21 Christian Iddon 2.345 GBR MV AGUSTA ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse
22 Jack Kennedy 2.381 IRL HONDA Rivamoto
23 Roberto Rolfo 2.396 ITA MV AGUSTA ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse
24 David Linortner 2.543 AUT HONDA Team Honda PTR
25 Luca Marconi 2.590 ITA HONDA PTR Honda
26 Imre Toth 2.946 HUN HONDA Racing Team Toth
27 Fabrizio Lai 3.038 ITA HONDA Speedy Bike
28 Matt Davies 3.912 AUS HONDA Team Honda PTR
29 Balazs Nemeth 4.240 HUN HONDA Complus SMS Racing
30 Nacho Calero Perez 4.243 ESP HONDA PTR Honda
31 Alex Schacht 4.591 DEN HONDA Racing Team Toth
32 Christopher Moretti 4.768 ITA YAMAHA Bike Service
33 Mitchell Carr 4.802 AUS TRIUMPH AARK Racing
34 Valentin Debise 4.826 FRA HONDA Prorace
35 Yves Polzer 4.847 AUS HONDA Team MRC Austria
36 Eduard Blokhin 7.887 RUS HONDA Rivamoto

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