Sykes Takes Assen Superpole

Tom Sykes takes his third superpole in a row. (Photo: World SBK)
Tom Sykes takes his third superpole in a row. (Photo: World SBK)

ASSEN, Netherlands – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was over a second faster than any of his rivals in a Tissot-Superpole contest run under ‘wet’ conditions. The wet Superpole rules dictated that there were two twenty-minute sessions only, not the usual three, with the top eight riders only from Superpole 1 moving on to Superpole 2.

Despite being declared wet, the track surface during the second session in particular was almost completely dry, allowing Sykes to get to within less than half-a-second of the track best. This was his third Superpole win in succession this season.

Second fastest overall was the Honda of Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) from Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing – Team Effenbert) and Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert – Liberty Ducati).

World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) was fifth fastest, with the first BMW rider, Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Team Italia Gold Bet) in sixth. BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Leon Haslam was seventh, Crescent FIXI Suzuki rider John Hopkins placed eighth, with Hopkins now the last rider on the second row of the grid.

1Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R01:35.4
2Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR01:36.4
3Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R01:36.6
4Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R01:36.9
5Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R01:37.2
6Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK TeamBMW S1000 RR01:37.3
7Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR01:37.6
8John HopkinsCrescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:37.9