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Misano WSBK: Sykes bags pole ahead of Rea

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes made it six out of eight for the season after another impressive Superpole victory at World Superbike Misano, with team-mate Jonathan Rea just behind completing a qualifying 1-2.

Sykes was one of the last riders to complete his attacking lap on the qualifying tyre, but he made it count the most with a magnificent effort, breaking the lap record in the process.

Barni Ducati’s Xavi Fores completed the front row for the race with a fine effort of his own, the Spaniard just half a second down on the timesheets.


Fores had begun the session in earnest, posting the first real fast lap to sit in first place although Rea soon changed that, with Sykes following.

Alex Lowes had a superb Superpole session at Misano considering his recent struggles with injury, the Lincolnshire rider taking his Pata Yamaha into fourth place.

Ioda Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori was just behind in fifth, with Nicky Hayden making up the second row on his Honda with a decent showing.

Davide Giugliano had a difficult qualifying session, crashing at T2 on normal tyres – an incident that left the Italian fighting against the clock and forced to put his qualifying tyre on early.

It was a move that failed to pay off for the Aruba.it Ducati rider, as although he went top early on the qualifying tyre he could only manage one lap on the rubber.

That saw his times usurped by many, leaving him in seventh for the race and on the third row alongside MV Agusta’s Leon Camier and Giugliano’s Ducati team-mate Chaz Davies.

Davies, like his team-mate endured a disappointing qualifying after a small mistake at T1 on his flying lap with the qualifying tyre wrecked his chances of challenging the fast men.

Rounding out the top ten were Honda’s Michael Van Der Mark and the Althea BMW duo of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.

Reigning BSB champion Josh Brookes had a tough Superpole 1, with Camier and Torres making it through, and the Australian will start the race from 16th on the grid.

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