Motorcycle Racing News Sykes Takes 7th World SBK Pole at Brno

Sykes Takes 7th World SBK Pole at Brno

2012 Brno World Superbike Superpole results

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes piloted his Ninja ZX-10R to full effect in qualifying once again to take his seventh Tissot-Superpole win of the year at Bruno Saturday afternoon.

En route to his pole, Sykes set a new track best of 1:58.010 seconds at Brno on the second Superpole session, declared wet after a small smattering of rain, but eventually held in dry conditions.

Joining Sykes on the front row will be Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa, Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty and Althea Ducati’s Davide Giugliano.

Superpole 2 was interrupted by an oil spill on the track, which claimed several riders as they fell on the slippery track surface. After a long delay thanks to necessary track cleaning a new schedule was announced.

The planned restart was once more delayed by a fall of rain on one part of the circuit. A wet Superpole was called but the eventual second and final 20 minute “wet” Superpole session took place in the dry, allowing Sykes to set his new best time.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Superbike) says: “I think overall things are looking not too bad for tomorrow. I think there is no question that the Kawasaki and I have got the speed to do this sort of thing in one lap.

“In terms of race performance we will see how we go but I am fairly confident for the races tomorrow. We have tried three different tires and got a lot of information this weekend. Hopefully we can convert pole position but that has been difficult this year. I am sure I will sleep well tonight and come out swinging tomorrow.”

The second row is headed up by BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri, who will be joined by Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea, BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam, and BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet’s Michel Fabrizio.

2012 Brno World Superbike Superbike Results:

1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’58.010

2. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’58.470

3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’58.741

4. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’58.789

5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1’58.885

6. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.560

7. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1’59.583

8. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1’59.621

9. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’59.748

10. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1’59.871

11. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’59.279

12. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1’59.154

13. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’59.439

14. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’59.453

15. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’59.627

16. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’59.973

17. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 2’00.591

18. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 2’00.693

19. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 2’00.978

20. Alessandro Polita (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 2’02.023

21. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2’02.952

22. Norino Brignola (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 2’03.524

23. Viktor Kispataki (Prop-tech ltd) Honda CBR1000RR 2’04.259

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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