WSBK – WSBK Magny-Cours: Sykes on pole for the 2012 title? –

WSBK Magny-Cours: Sykes on pole for the 2012 title ?

WSBK - WSBK Magny-Cours: Sykes on pole for the 2012 title? -

Tom Sykes will start tomorrow from pole for the French final of the World Superbike 2012. Biaggi will start from 10th position, six places behind Melandri, the only other rider who can deprive Max of a second WSBK title…

Tom Sykes will start tomorrow from pole for the French final of the World Superbike 2012.

Biaggi will start from 10th position, six places behind Melandri, the only other driver to be able to deprive Max of a second WSBK title…

This Sunday at Magny-Cours, three men will compete for the world crown of the World Superbike: Biaggi first of all, leader of the provisional classification with 347 points, will start from a distant 10th place. Author of the fourth best time in the qualifying sessions (tied with Jonathan Rea), the Italian got trapped in Superpole 2 !

Tom "Lascorz" Sykes

This weekend is the last of an unforgettable 2012 season: never since 2007 has the championship been played between three drivers on the day of the final … Unfortunately, this year was also marked by the terrible accident of Joan Lascorz (read). As a tribute, his teammate Tom Sykes wears a huge No. 17 on his helmet this weekend. Winning pole in his name was the best way to greet the Spaniard … although a world title would not be bad either. !

The pressure will therefore be great on the shoulders of the n ° 3 driver of the Aprilia Racing team, since these two rivals have better managed the final stages of qualifying. 38.5 points behind Max, Marco Melandri took fourth place at the helm of his S1000RR and will give everything to win with BMW their first Superbike title..

But Tom Sykes did even harder: the Kawasaki rider, who is 30.5 points behind the Roman Emperor, has just signed his ninth pole position of the year in 14 races! The only man to have dropped below 1 ’37, Tom will try to save himself in the first laps tomorrow and then control the return of his opponents..

Melandri will therefore have no choice on Sunday: get off to an excellent start – his Munich missile is fortunately perfectly capable of it – and follow the ZX-10R n ° 66 in the hope that Aprilia n ° 3 gets lost. on my way…

Because Biaggi, for his part, can be content to finish sixth twice in order to be crowned again, two years after his first World Superbike crown on the same RSV4. But his "other" opponents will not give him any gifts on the Nevers Magny-Cours track…

The reigning world champion, Carlos Checa Himself, will be keen to shine one last time – or "two last times" rather, since the Superbike has the good idea of ​​offering two races per Sunday! – at the controls of an 1198R which will retire tomorrow evening.

Eugene Laverty will not be there either to facilitate the task of his teammate. Before hitting the track on Friday, the n ° 58 from Aprilia warned that his only goal this weekend was to challenge his compatriot Jonathan Rea for fifth place in the championship. "Another victory would be great," said the Irishman who will start third on the grid tomorrow.

At the head of the second row, Sylvain Guintoli will undoubtedly delight his public with two new great races (remember in particular his incredible performances two years ago on the handlebars of his Suzuki Alstare, read our). This time he will try to slash the Champagne !

The Frenchie will be ahead on the grid no less than four Britons: Jonathan Rea and his Fireblade n ° 65 already in 2013 colors, Leon Haslam and his S1000RR n ° 91, Chaz Davies and his RSV4 n ° 19 and Leon Camier and his GSX-R 1000 n ° 2. So many big customers that Max Biaggi will have to pass to secure his dear sixth places…

Besides Guintoli, the French spectators will closely follow the developments of Loris Baz and Maxime Berger, installed respectively in 13th and 14th places on the grid. We can expect everything from these two young pilots, especially if, as Météo France forecasts, the scattered rains invite themselves to the party..

A wet track, or worse, "drying": this would spice up an already strong finish. In this case, poleman Tom Sykes would see his chances of a world title increase considerably: Tom and his Ninja drive very fast in the rain and have rarely made mistakes this year. The same cannot be said of Marco and Max … Roll on Sunday !

Magny-Cours WSBK Superpole 2012 Results

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