May 28, 2013

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished up with a new track best to take his fourth Superpole win of 2013 and the 15th of his career. Loris Baz, his KRT team-mate, was finally 12th on the grid.

Sykes beat his own previous best lap, set in 2012, no fewer than three times in Superpole and twice on consecutive laps in the final part of the three-stage elimination sessions.

Tom’s new track best is a 1’27.378 and his latest Superpole win means he has scored four poles in succession this season alone. With 15 Superpole wins in total Tom is now equal sixth in the all-time Superpole record books, tied with former SBK great Colin Edwards.

Sykes was peerless today after his small slide into the gravel yesterday, feeling no ill-effects as the weather turned from wet and cold to dry and sunny. Two 23-lap Superbike races are schedule for Sunday with more good weather expected to shine on Donington and Tom’s legion of home fans.

Loris Baz was a strong fifth in regular combined qualifying but was unable to make the most of his qualifying tyres in Superpole Two and he was unable to progress to the final Superpole session. He now lines up 12th on the grid, on the fourth row.

Federico Sandi (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) was 17th on the grid after missing Superpole, while his
team-mate Alexander Lundh placed 19th on his return to racing after injury.

Tom Sykes: “I had a small crash yesterday on a damp section of the track but the boys did a
really good job and gave me a great Ninja ZX-10R to ride today. We have worked hard on the race set-up here not just in qualifying. There are a number of factors why I can do well in Superpole but I have always enjoyed riding by myself on the best package we have. Combine that with the ‘time-trial’ element of Superpole and I just race myself and the tarmac. The refreshing thing is that the Ninja ZX-10R is working well over race distance. We should have a fairly consistent package for tomorrow’s races. That is the most important thing.”

Loris Baz: “Our race pace is good and that is the main thing for tomorrow, even though it is not so easy to overtake here sometimes. I did not feel really good in Superpole but more myself than the bike. I think I did not push enough with the second qualifying tyre and it felt like somebody was playing me like a game but I did not know what to do to go faster. I have to make a good start tomorrow and come back to the front. My confidence and pace on race tyres is good I just did not manage to make a fast lap in Superpole.


Race 1

1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 Marco Melandri BMW S1000 RR
3 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4
4 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR
5 Loris Baz Kawasaki ZX-10R
6 Davide Giugliano Aprilia RSV4
7 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4
8 Chaz Davies BMW S1000 RR
9 Jules Cluzel Suzuki GSX-R1000
10 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia RSV4
DNF Alex Lundh Kawasaki ZX-10R
DNF Federico Sandi Kawasaki ZX-10R

Race 2
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4
3 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4
4 Davide Giugliano Aprilia RSV4
5 Marco Melandri BMW S1000 RR
6 Chaz Davies BMW S1000 RR
7 Loris Baz Kawasaki ZX-10R
8 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1199 Panigale R
9 Jules Cluzel Suzuki GSX-R1000
10 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia RSV4
14 Federico Sandi Kawasaki ZX-10R
15 Alex Lundh Kawasaki ZX-10R

1 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4 173
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 169
3 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 149
4 Marco Melandri BMW S1000 RR 127
5 Chaz Davies BMW S1000 RR 112
6 Loris Baz Kawasaki ZX-10R 95
7 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR 89
8 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia RSV4 86
9 Davide Giugliano Aprilia RSV4 72
10 Jules Cluzel Suzuki GSX-R1000 55
17 Federico Sandi Kawasaki ZX-10R 14
20 Alex Lundh Kawasaki ZX-10R 8