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Tom Sykes Takes Superpole At Phillip Island
Photo Courtesy of Worldsbk.com press
The top three in the first World Superbike Superpole of 2016: (Left to Right) Davide Giugliano, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
It was an exciting last run for pole position of the World Superbike season opener at Phillip Island, and the man to take it was Kawasaki Racing Teamís Tom Sykes. Sykes laid down a blistering 1:30.020, the fastest ever World Superbike lap around the seaside Australian circuit. It was also the Superpole specialistís 31st career pole, moving Sykes closer to Troy Corserís all-time record of 43.
Aruba.it Ducatiís Davide Giugliano was a .078 of a second behind and completing the front was Sykesí teammate Jonathan Rea with a 1:30.170.
Early leader Sylvain Guintoli was shuffled back to fourth. Joining him on the second row of the grid in fifth was teammate Alex Lowes, a good effort for the Pata Yamaha squad with the new R1's World Superbike debut.
Following the Pata Yamahaís was Honda World Superbike Teamís Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden. In eighth was Lorenzo Savadori on IodaRacing Team Aprilia. And rounding out the top 10 was Giuglianoís teammate Chaz Davies and MV Agusta Reparto Corseís Leon Camier.
2016 World Superbike Phillip Island Qualifying Results: