Sykes breaks Corser's lap record to take pole in Misano

At the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli, Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes has broken Troy Corser’s four-year old lap record with a time of 1min 34.883s to claim his second World Superbike pole for 2014.

The reigning world champion will be joined on the front row by Ducati’s Davide Giugliano who put in an impressive time of 1min 35.079s, and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing).

Ducati’s Davide Giugliano.

Loris Baz improved on his final lap to head up the second row with Marco Melandri and Toni Elias.

Chaz Davies leads row three with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty as Honda and Suzuki struggled to mount a front-running challenge, while Niccolo Canepa was the sole EVO rider to progress to SP2 before going on to qualify in tenth, ahead of Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam.

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda).

Outside the top twelve, EVO leader David Salom will get underway in 13th, ahead of Matteo Baiocco and Ayrton Badovini. Australian Bryan Staring (Iron Brain Kawasaki) will start from 24th position.

WSBK Superpole Qualifying Results (2)
1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 34.883s
2. Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 35.079s
3. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 35.106s
4. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 35.254s
5. Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 35.316s
6. Toni Elias ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 35.404s
7. Chaz Davies GBR Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 35.602s
8. Jonathan Rea GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 35.675s
9. Eugene Laverty IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 36.043s
10. Niccolo Canepa ITA Althea Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1m 36.404s (E)
11. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 36.489s
12. Leon Haslam GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 36.515s
Grid positions determined by SP1
13. David Salom ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 36.843s (E)
14. Matteo Baiocco ITA Grandi Corse Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1m 36.931s (E)
15. Ayrton Badovini ITA Bimota Alstare BB3 1m 37.038s (E)
16. Claudio Corti ITA MV Agusta RC F4RR 1m 37.351s
17. Sylvain Barrier FRA BMW Italia S1000RR 1m 37.499s (E)
18. Ivan Goi ITA Barni Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1m 37.540s (E)
19. Sheridan Morais RSA IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 37.807s (E)
20. Fabien Foret FRA MAHI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 38.008s (E)
Grid positions determined by FP3
21. Christian Iddon GBR Bimota Alstare BB3 1m 38.170s (E)
22. Jeremy Guarnoni FRA MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 38.308s (E)
25. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 38.402s (E)
23. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 38.850s (E)
24. Bryan Staring AUS IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 39.412s (E)
26. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 40.239s
28. Aaron Yates USA Team Hero EBR 1190RX 1m 40.424s
27. Peter Sebestyen HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 40.994s (E)
29. Geoff May USA Team Hero EBR 1190RX 1m 41.176s
30. Michael Savary SUI Dream Team MV Agusta F4RR 1m 43.187s

Misano official WSBK lap records
Best lap: Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 34.883s (2014)
Race lap record: Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 36.080s (2012)

World Supersport

Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) set a blistering pace to claim pole position ahead of championship leader Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) and Italian Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda).

World Supersport pole sitter, Jules Cluzel.

Kenan Sofuoglu had the 7th Supersport championship Pole Position of the year snatched away from him in the closing moments with the former multiple champion crashing his Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki after looking comfortable at the top of the timing sheet. The Turk would eventually finish 4th.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) was an impressive fifth ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) who improved at the end of the 45 minute thriller.

Championship leader, Michael van der Mark

Title contender Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto) starts in seventh place, just ahead of team-mate PJ Jacobsen, while Roberto Tamburini and Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) round out the top ten, the latter doing so despite a crash.

Top 10 WSS Qualifying Results
1. Jules Cluzel FRA MV Agusta RC F3 675 1m 38.616s
2. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda CBR600RR 1m 39.083s
3. Raffaele de Rosa ITA Core PTR Honda CBR600RR 1m 39.090s
4. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m 39.146s
5. Ratthapark Wilairot THA Core PTR Honda CBR600RR 1m 39.382s
6. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Honda CBR600RR 1m 39.457s
7. Florian Marino FRA Kawasaki Intermoto ZX-6R 1m 39.487s
8. PJ Jacobsen USA Kawasaki Intermoto ZX-6R 1m 39.568s
9. Roberto Tamburini ITA San Carlo Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m 39.604s
10. Jack Kennedy IRL CIA Insurance Honda CBR600RR 1m 39.798s

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