WSBK – Magny-Cours Superpole: ” Major Tom ” Sykes in orbit –

Superpole Magny-Cours: ” Major Tom ” Sykes in orbit

WSBK - Superpole Magny-Cours: '' Major Tom '' Sykes in orbit -

Tom Sykes has just signed a time from another world at Magny-Cours! The little green man takes pole position and will place his Ninja n ° 1 on the starting grid tomorrow, ahead of Giugliano’s n ° 34 Ducati and Rea’s n ° 65 Honda..

Relatively discreet on Friday and Saturday morning, Tom Sykes revealed himself this afternoon by setting the best time of…

Tom Sykes has just signed a time from another world at Magny-Cours! The little green man takes pole position and will place his Ninja n ° 1 on the starting grid tomorrow, ahead of Giugliano’s n ° 34 Ducati and Rea’s n ° 65 Honda..

Relatively discreet on Friday and Saturday morning, Tom Sykes revealed himself this afternoon by setting the best time in the last free practice and confirmed during the final session of the Superpole (SP2) by beating the previous record of the track…

A two-year-old record that already belonged to the English Ninja: at the controls of his trusty factory ZX-10R, Tom had then completed the lap of Magny-Cours in 1 ‘36.790. The new reference time established today is stratospheric: 1 ‘36.366 !

Winner of the last three races contested in the Nièvre, Sykes has not won race (s) for all that. Besides the weather which could complicate his task, two of his opponents were also very fast in SP2 and rode under the 2012 mark: Giugliano and Rea…

Like a month ago in Spain (), the Italian and his Ducati n ° 34 seize second place on the grid in France. Very fast in qualifying ‘, Davide will have to chomp on the brakes tomorrow so as not to lose his chances of podiums on the ground.

Jonathan Rea completes the first row of the French grid with his future ex-Honda: "JR" will sell his Fireblade to the next year. The Northern Irishman will definitely be keen to shine in the last four races of the season in order to thank Honda with whom he has always raced so far..

The second line is made up entirely of Italian machines: the second factory Ducati which carries the n ° 7 and is therefore driven by Chaz Davies will start in front of the two official Aprilia of Sylvain Guintoli (n ° 50) and Marco Melandri (n ° 33 ). Our Frenchie will have to spit in the gloves if he wants to prevent Sykes from repeating his two races – alone – last year.

"Guinters" can however count on his own team-mate Marco – always much more efficient in the race than in qualifying – to show him the way forward … or, hopefully, to push him to overtake himself and overtake. all his opponents !

Survivor of SP1 (the first Superpole session which serves as a repechage for drivers excluded from the Top 10 after the first three free sessions … we have to follow a little!), Loris Baz fails at nine tenths of a second of his teammate Sykes, but finished only one tenth behind Guintoli 5th !

"Super Bazio" will therefore start from 7th place on the grid tomorrow and will also have to press on the mushroom at the very start of the race to hook up the right wagon! Good point for Loris: he has definitively taken down his handlebars in MotoGP next year – that of a Forward Yamaha – and can concentrate 100% on his end of the 2014 season..

The Kawasaki n ° 76 will precede in third place the two Suzuki of the Voltcom Crescent team: the n ° 22 of the 2013 English Superbike champion Alex Lowes and the n ° 58 of the 2013 vice-world champion – then on Aprilia – Eugene Laverty. Let us note in passing that as for Loris, the passage of "Youdjine" in the premier category has just been confirmed: he will run on a Honda from the Drive M7 Aspar team..

The fourth row will be occupied by Leon Haslam (Honda Pata) and two guest riders: the and a former WSBK field player Max Neukirchner, who both ride on Ducati 1199 Panigale R (in SBK configuration).

Third time in SP1, Sylvain Barrier was deprived of SP2 and has to be content with 13th place on the grid. The BMW Italia rider is nonetheless the best rider in the Evo (sub) category. But tomorrow in front of his audience, the double champion of Superstock 1000 will try to keep this status !

The French clan will also follow the developments of Fabien Foret and Jérémy Guarnoni, 20th and 21st respectively. Fans of the first – good old – rider will certainly be more moved than those of the second – young and talented – since Mister Foret will bid farewell to World Superbike tomorrow. But !

Finally, let us point out the presence at the back of the grid of Nicolas Salchaud on his F4RR: "we are going there with a lot of joy but above all with modest ambitions and a lot of humility given the little development of the machine. A great opportunity to earn experience for me! ", rejoiced at the beginning of the week n ° 15.

See you tomorrow to follow the two World Superbike races live (departures at 10:30 am then 1:10 pm), as well as the Supersport race (11:40 am) in which Cluzel, Marino, but also Mahias (French SSP 2014 champion invited to Magny-Cours, Lucas has just qualified 2nd on the grid behind Jules!) Will win against Van den Mark, Sofuoglu and Kennedy. Stay connected…

Superpole World Superbike Magny-Cours 2014

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