For the 29th time of his career, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes has earned pole position. The ZX-10R Ninja pilot’s latest arrived at the Jerez circuit in Spain, the Brit putting in a best lap of 1:40.292 during Tissot-Superpole. This was 0.006 of a second faster than the previous record set by Loris Baz last season, who was also on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.Sykes will be joined on the front row for Sunday’s double-header at Jerez by the current points leader, teammate Jonathan Rea, and Althea Racing Ducati’s Niccolo Canepa; these top three were split by only 0.216 of a second.
As the 2015 World Superbike Championship heads into Jerez, round 11 of 13, Rea has 452 points – 144 ahead of Ducati Team’s Chaz Davies. The Northern Irishman Rea can possible clinch the title this weekend. During the last round back on August 2 at Sepang in Malaysia, Rea and Davies split wins.
2015 Jerez Superbike Qualifying Results – Recap
Following Free Practice 3, the top 10 riders were joined for Superpole 2 by Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda) and David Salom (Team Pedercini). Both ensured their place in the final top 12 shoot-out thanks to their lap times of 1.41.432 and 1.41.632 respectively. Unfortunately, Salom crashed out at turn one, ending his day. Luckily he was unhurt. During Superpole 2, the top seven were covered by 0.839 of a second after multiple lead changes in the 15-minute session.Qualifying behind Canepa on the top of row two is the reigning World Supersport Champion, van der Mark. He will be joined by Aprilia Racing Team’s Jordi Torres and Davies.Qualifying seventh is Ducati Superbike Team replacement rider Michele Pirro, will be joined on row three by Althea Racing’s Matteo Baiocco and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes who completes row 3.Row four consists of Pata Honda World Superbike’s Sylvain Guintoli, Aprilia Racing Team’s Leon Haslam, and Salom who crashed out of Superpole 1.Filling the fifth row is Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) and Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki).Sunday’s two 20 lap races are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. local time respectively.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!