ASSEN, Netherlands — Tom Sykes rode to the 13th pole of his World Superbike career during qualifying Saturday at Assen’s TT Circuit.
Sykes guided his Kawasaki Racing Team bike to a 1:35.043 lap during Tissot-Superpole qualifying, earning the top starting spot for the first of Sunday’s two races.
Jonathan Rea, who has won four of his last six races at Assen, qualified second on his Pata Honda racing bike.
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) took the last slot of the first row and preceded his teammate Sylvain Guintoli, with Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano to follow.
Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) ended up Superpole in seventh place and was again unable to get a spot in the first two rows (the Italian rider never managed so far in 2013 to get a front row start).
Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) finished 8th ahead of Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia). The Spanish rider was 0.3 seconds slower in the end than in Superpole 2.
It was a difficult Superpole for Aragon double winner Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who will move off tomorrow from 13th place on the grid.