Tom Sykes rode a perfect lap to claim the WorldSBK Tissot Superpole to further send a warning signals to his rivals that he remains the master of DONINGTON Park.
With engines fired up once again, red sectors lit up the timing screens and times tumbled as the pack shuffled, and Sykes dealt his hand to smash the Best Lap and put in the first sub 1:27 lap of the Donington Park circuit in WorldSBK – eight tenths ahead of Ducati’s Chaz Davies, who recovered from a technical problem in FP2 to begin the Races from the middle of the front row.
The surprise of the day was IodaRacing’s Lorenzo Savadori who aboard the new Aprilia RSV4 came in as third fastest to secure him a last spot on the WorldSBK front starting grid. The 2015 winner of the STK1000 race at Donington put relegated reigning Champion Jonathan Rea to the second row as the second Aruba.it Racing – Ducati rider Davide Giugliano tails his ZX10R in 5th with Althea Racing BMW Motorrad’s Jordi Torres in 6th
Last race winner Nicky Hayden leads the third row aboard the Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP in 7th.MV Agusta’s rider Leon Camier locked behind in 8th ahead of another American this time around a rookie – Cameron Beaubier, who is riding as a replacement for Sylvain Guintoli at Pata Yamaha and qualified for his first outing in an impressive 9th grid spot.
Xavi Forés completed the top ten for Barni Racing, with Karel Abraham on the first Milwaukee BMW in P11. Honda’s Van der Mark completes the top 12 despite not graduating to Superpole 2, with Superpole 2 qualifier Alex Lowes having been forced to withdraw from the Round.