Superbikes - Monza WSBK: Sykes edges Laverty again to snatch pole

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was on fire during the World Superbike Superpole sessions, and saved his best lap until last at Monza.

Superbikes - Monza WSBK: Sykes edges Laverty again to snatch pole

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Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)

During his second time around the Italian circuit in Superpole three, the Huddersfield rider set his fastest time of 1:41.223.

The Englishman only completed two laps of the circuit, but it was enough as during the session no other rider could ride a faster time than the Kawasaki man.

Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty did storm to the top of the time-sheets, with his best lap of 1:41.301, but as soon as he crossed the line Sykes was on his tail and immediately went faster than the Irishman and once again Laverty has to contend with starting another race from second.

Laverty’s team-mate, Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli saved it until his final, and fourth lap to make an impact, with a time of 1:41.525.

This catapulted him to third, de-placing Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea, who has to now start the race tomorrow from the second row.

Joining Rea on the second row is GoldBet BMW’s Marco Melandri, and Althea Racing's Davide Guigliano.

Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier will start from the third row, after failing to make an impact in the top five, but joining him will be team-mate Jules Cluzel, who was just marginally faster than the tall Kent rider in Superpole three.

Camier will not be the only Brit on the third row, as GoldBet BMW’s Chaz Davies secures the final spot and will start from ninth on the grid tomorrow afternoon.

It was not a great session for the Welshman, as he ran off the track during his first lap, and from then on was never able to go fast enough to move him from ninth on the time-sheets.

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