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Sykes Posts Superpole Win Number Seven Of The Year!

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Sykes Posts Superpole Win Number Seven Of The Year!
Championship leader Tom Sykes took his Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R to the Superpole win in Turkey despite this being his first visit to the long and challenging 5.340km Istanbul Park circuit.

Sykes and his Kawasaki crew made set-up improvements to his Ninja ZX-10R overnight and they paid off for Tom on track, even though bad weather earlier in the day lost Tom valuable time at a circuit he had never ridden on before this weekend.

Using the first Superpole session, held in dry conditions, to verify the new set-up Sykes was fastest in the first and last of three Superpole contests, taking a narrow but important advantage of 0.022 seconds over his main championship rival Sylvain Guintoli.

The two riders will be joined tomorrow, on the first row of the grid, by Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), who got the better of Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team). The Irishman could not repeat the 1'54.9 set in Superpole 2, a time that would have helped him to finish in the top-3.

WSBK debutant Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) put up an impressive performance by ending up in fifth place - and only a 0.674 seconds gap from pole-sitter - ahead of Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet).

Sykes‰Ûª reputation as the modern day Superpole maestro continued this weekend. He scored his seventh pre-race ‰Û÷win‰Ûª of the year in 11 attempts, took his career Superpole total to 18 and in doing so became the fourth most successful qualifier in the history of SBK racing in his own right. He only needs three more Superpole wins to equal the career total of SBK legend Carl Fogarty, who has 21 pole positions.

‰ÛÏI am happy because this is a circuit I had never been to before and I only got two practice sessions yesterday," Sykes said.

"I lost two sessions today to the weather so considering all this I am happy. I am fighting a bit of a cold but the changes we made to the bike set-up last night were positive. My crew chief Marcel and all the guys at Kawasaki do a great job and we went in the right direction. We were able to try the adjustments early in Superpole and it was clear to see we had a good direction. We just need to see if we can put this to good use tomorrow. It is funny how it goes because Sylvain Guintoli is right beside me on the grid tomorrow. It seems we have been fighting all season, in qualifying and races, so it looks like it is going the distance!," the Brit concluded.

Main Photo: Tom Sykes

Istanbul Park - FIM Superbike World Championship - Superpole 3
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'54.872
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'54.894
3. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.073
4. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.340
5. Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.546
6. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'55.614
7. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'56.402
8. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'56.416
9. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.463
10. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.001
11. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.329
12. Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.371
13. Tolga Uprak (CMS-Eypbike Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'02.469
14. Yunus Ercelik (Sampiyon 169 Team) BMW S1000 RR 2'04.070
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 2'39.610

22013 World Supersport championship, round 11 ‰ÛÒ Istanbul Park, Turkey
1. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.380
2. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.762
3. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1'59.438
4. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.595
5. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.655
6. David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.672
7. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1'59.785
8. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1'59.826
9. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1'59.842
10. Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1'59.871
11. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.970
12. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.166
13. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 2'00.179
14. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 2'00.327
15. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'00.351
16. Alex Baldolini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 2'00.454
17. Sheridan Morais (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'00.480
18. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.501
19. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.588
20. Ronan Quarmby (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 2'00.843
21. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 2'00.933
22. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'01.141
23. Danny Webb (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'01.149
24. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 2'02.377
25. Damian Cudlin (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 2'02.460
26. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 2'02.691
27. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.755
28. Alexey Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'03.913
29. Theodosios Sinioris (Sinioris Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.997
30. David McFadden (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.036
31. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 2'05.745
32. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 2'05.810
33. Baris Tok (GoPro BT Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.995
34. Cagri Coskun (Pacific Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 2'08.516
35. Mert Aytug (GoPro BT Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 2'09.112

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