Tom Sykes Secures Eighth Superpole

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MAGNY-COURS, France – Tom Sykes secured his eighth Tissot-Superpole of the 2013 season Saturday at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.

The Brit will be joined on the first row by title contender Sylvain Guintoli, who was able to elevate himself to second in the closing stages, and Davide Giugliano.

By the start of the second “wet” session the track had started to dry, meaning most riders opted to use slick tires. Times dropped considerably throughout the 20 minutes, with Sykes being the first rider to break the 1:39 barrier with nine minutes left, finally setting a blistering 1:38.592 in his last attempt for the pole.

Fellow championship contender Eugene Laverty finished fourth ahead of Michel Fabrizio and Ayrton Badovini. Works BMW duo of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies will move off – in tomorrow’s two races – from the third row on the grid, along with Vincent Philippe, substitute rider for injured Leon Camier in the FIXI Crescent Suzuki Team.

Both Michele Pirro, tenth, and Leon Haslam, fifteenth, crashed out at turn 12 during Superpole 1. The Italian high-sided at mid-turn, landing badly on his back but with no major consequences, while Leon Haslam low-sided while entering the corner, eventually crossing on foot the track to pick up his bike and successfully make it back to the pits.

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