LEICESTERSHIRE, England – Tom Sykes scored his fourth-straight Tissot-Superpole of the season in Eni FIM Superbike World Championship competition on Saturday at Donington Park.
The pole, the 15th of his career, ties the Huddersfield-born rider Colin Edwards at sixth all-time for Superpoles, one off fellow English Neil Hodgson. The works Kawasaki rider put down an unbeatable 1:27.378 lap.
Sylvain Guintoli of Aprilia Racing Team matched the previous record set last year by Sykes exactly (1:27.716), but was far short of the new mark set by Sykes on Saturday. Sykes and Guintoli will be joined on the front row by Eugene Laverty.
After coming close to elimination in Superpole 2, Jonathan Rea progressed to fourth place, a great result for the Ulsterman on the track that saw him winning the latest WSBK race held on the Leicester circuit.
Leon Camier was fifth at the end of qualifying flag to precede works BMW riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, Davide Giugliano and Niccolò Canepa.
Spaniard Carlos Checa ended his charge to the front rows in Superpole 2 and will start from 10th place on the grid.