Kawasaki’s Sykes Sets the Pace at Imola Superbike Friday

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes

2013 Imola World Superbike Qualifying 1 Results

The man who took five Superpole wins in six rounds, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes, was off to yet another flying start Friday aboard his Ninja ZX-10R.

During the opening day of Imola World Superbike, round seven of 15, Sykes achieved the top spot on the first free practice, and followed that up with another first place in Qualifying 1.

The Brit posted a 1:47.218 during his penultimate lap, allowing him to beat  Pata Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea, who posted a quickest lap of 1:47.330

The national flag at the Italian circuit for the World SBK round was well represented today, as Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Aprilia) ended up third ahead of fellow countrymen Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare), who achieved his best finish in qualifying so far in 2013, Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), all within 0.259 seconds of each other.

Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) completed the session in seventh place, followed by Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), teammate Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), who had a spectacular crash at Turn 6 that led to a quick Red Flag halfway through the session. The young Frenchman walked away from the run-off area uninjured. Returning Noriyuki Haga (Grillini Dentalmatic BMW) had a difficult debut day of his one-event participation, as he finished 17th ahead of team mate Vittorio Iannuzzo.

The 19-rider grid will return to Imola Saturday for another round of practice ahead of Superpole. For a preview of 2013 Imola WSBK, click here.

2013 Imola World Superbike Qualifying 1 Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’47.218
2. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’47.330
3. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’47.619
4. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’47.674
5. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’47.704
6. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’47.788
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’47.878
8. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’48.147
9. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’48.316
10. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’48.668
11. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’48.697
12. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’48.721
13. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’48.725
14. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’49.150
15. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’49.194
16. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’49.987
17. Noriyuki Haga (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’51.680
18. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’52.268
19. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’52.471