Sykes Sets Jerez Superbike Pace


JEREZ, Spain – Tom Sykes put his Kawasaki bike on top of the time sheets during World Superbike practice on Friday at Circuito de Jerez.

Xavi Fores led the charge in the opening minutes of the second practice session before times tumbled with Sykes going fastest. By the end, all of the top 10 riders were within seven-tenths of a second of each other on the timesheets.

Sykes maintained the fastest time throughout the session, while Chaz Davies improved his time from the morning to finish second fastest. Alex Lowes put in a last minute dash that saw him steal third on the timesheets.

Michael van der Mark was fourth with Fores the first Spaniard on the timesheets on Friday in fifth. Sylvain Guintoli improved from the morning session, setting his fastest time in sixth to secure his entry to Tissot-Superpole 2. Nicky Hayden was seventh fastest in the combined times ahead of Leon Camier, who set the eighth quickest time despite sliding off in turn one in the final minutes of the session.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea finished in ninth, while Davide Giugliano finished in tenth to gain the guaranteed spot in Tissot-Superpole 2.