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Magny-Cours WSBK: Sykes monsters pack to take eighth pole of year

Superpole two

Tom Sykes 1'38.592

Sylvain Guintoli 1'39.397


Davide Guigliano 1'39.933

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes monstered the World Superbike opposition in today's Superpole session at Magny-Cours, lapping almost a second faster than Sylvain Guintoli while also dealing with traffic at the same time.

Sykes put in a sensational 1'38.592 while threading his way past the touring Eugene Laverty, Vincent Philippe and Chaz Davies at the back of the circuit, and he was 1.3s ahead before Aprilia's Guintoli pulled back the gap.

Davide Guigliano put in a lap in the middle of the session, which had been declared wet but run on a dry track, which was enough to ward off the attentions of Laverty and keep him off the front row.

Michel Fabrizio, on the sister Pata Honda to Leon Haslam, joins Laverty on row two with Alstare Ducati's Ayrton Badovini in sixth. Marco Melandri, Chaz Davies and Philippe round out the finishers.

Superpole one

Tom Sykes 1'44.897

Eugene Laverty 1'45.578

Sylvain Guintoli 1'45.669


Sykes bounced back from a near-crash on his penultimate lap to set the fastest time on a drying track, more than a second and a half quicker than Laverty and Guintoli.

The Aprilia pairing left it very late in the session to put in quick laps, with first Guintoli setting the pace with Laverty behind him but the Irishman just stuck in another time to occupy second.

It was a disaster for Pata Honda's Leon Haslam, who lost the front through turn 12 early on and then had a couple of other moments which conspired to relegate the Derbyshire rider to 15th place, behind the returning Lorenzo Lanzi.



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