World Superbike Misano Superpole 2014

June 21, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes earned the 21st World Superbike pole position of his career at Misano, breaking the previous lap record at the circuit set by Troy Corser in 2010. Ducati’s Davide Giugliano finished second-fastest followed by Aprilia Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli in third.

Sykes continues to struggle with a lingering wrist injury left over from a crash in Race 1 during the previous round at Sepang. The Kawasaki ace remained back in the field for the majority of the session and didn’t appear to be on pace for pole during what would eventually become his fastest lap. He picked up the pace in the third sector though and dipped into uncharted territory, becoming the first World Superbike rider to dip into the 1’34’s at the Italian circuit.

Giugliano was the fastest rider on track for much of the session and finishes just one-tenth short of Sykes’ qualifying time. Guintoli made an early push for the top-spot but was unable to make up enough time by the end to vie for the number-one position on the grid.

Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz, starts Sunday’s race from fourth followed by Guitoli’s teammate, Marco Melandri, in fifth. Red Devis Roma’s Toni Elias claimed sixth-place in SP2 followed by Ducati’s Chaz Davies in seventh and Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea in eighth. Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty struggled to match the pace of the front runners and placed ninth.

World Superbike Misano Superpole Results 2014
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’34.883
2. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1’35.079
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’35.106
4. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’35.254
5. Marco Melandri (Aprilia) 1’35.316
6. Toni Elias (Aprilia) 1’35.404
7. Chaz Davies (Ducati) 1’35.602
8. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’35.675
9. Eugene Laverty (Suzuki) 1’36.043
10. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) 1’36.404
11. Alex Lowes (Suzuki) 1’36.489
12. Leon Haslam (Honda) 1’36.515
13. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1’36.843
14. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati) 1’36.931
15. Ayrton Badovini (Bimota) 1’37.038
16. Claudio Corti (MV Agusta) 1’37.351
17. Sylvain Barrier (BMW) 1’37.499
18. Ivan Goi (Ducati) 1’37.540
19. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) 1’37.807
20. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) 1’38.008
21. Christian Iddon (Bimota) 1’38.170
22. Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1’38.308
23. Riccardo Russo (Kawasaki) 1’38.402
24. Alessandro Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1’38.850
25. Bryan Staring (Kawasaki) 1’39.412
26. Aaron Yates (EBR) 1’40.424
27. Peter Sebestyen (BMW) 1’40.994
28. Geoff May (EBR) 1’41.176


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