MONZA, Italy – Tom Sykes of the Kawasaki Racing Team scored his 14th career Tissot-Superpole today at Monza’s Autodromo Nazionale, the third in a row so far in 2013 in World Superbike competition.
The works Kawasaki rider snatched the first grid slot thanks to a blistering fast 1:41.223 time – a new best lap for the Northern Italy track
The 27-year-old from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, already lapped below Max Biaggi’s previous record from 2011 in Superpole 2. Up to today Monza’s Autodromo Nazionale was one of the 4 tracks where – already in the calendar from last year – where Sykes hadn’t won the Tissot-Superpole.
Eugene Laverty will start second, followed by championship leader Sylvain Guintoli. Jonathan Rea timed in fourth. A difficult Superpole start for Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who was forced to the garage due to a technical problem that occurred on his BMW machine in SP1, was able to defeat the odds to secure a fifth-place start for tomorrow’s two races.
Davide Giugliano completes the second row ahead of FIXI Crescent Suzuki duo of Jules Cluzel and Leon Camier, with Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) in ninth place.