MAGNEY-COURS, France – After the first qualifying round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship season finale one of the potential champions, Tom Sykes, leads the field with a lap time of 1:38.200 at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
He was 0.448 seconds ahead of the next best qualifier at this early stage of proceedings.
The English rider heads the outgoing champion Carlos Checa of Althea Racing Ducati, with another of this year’s potential champions, Marco Melandri of BMW Motorrad Motorsport third quickest. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) was the second fastest Ducati rider in the official session this afternoon, fourth overall.
The quickest man from the morning practice, Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was fifth after the first qualifying session.
Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) was one place up on seventh place rider – and clear championship leader – Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing). Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) completes the top eight riders on day one, in a field of 21.
Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team Ducati) was ninth and therefore the top local rider at Magny-Cours, his French compatriots Maxime Berger (Red Evils Roma Ducati) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) fourteenth and fifteenth respectively. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) went tenth in first qualifying, after a strong showing in the morning free session.