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Giugliano gets maiden Tissot-Superpole win as Sykes crashes out

Moscow (Russia), Saturday 20 July 2013 - Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) scored his first ever Tissot-Superpole win today at Moscow Raceway. The 23 year old from Rome managed to time in 1’34.676 lap-time to secure first place ahead of Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), as the Welshman achieved his best ever grid positioning in WSBK, too.

The biggest surprise in today’s Tissot-Superpole was the crash suffered by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the third session, at Turn 3, that put an end to his pole position streak after six consecutive wins and will force the Brit to move off from an unusual 9th place. The first row for tomorrow’s two races is completed by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), who repeated himself on the same slot as last year’s Russian Round.

Despite being the first rider unable to lap in the 1’34 seconds bracket, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) ended up 4th, ahead of Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) – with the Spaniard who proved to be “alive and kicking” after the big crash in the morning’s Qualifying 2.

The indomitable Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), still dealing with a dislocated right collarbone, did his best to obtain an impressive 8th place, behind fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).

Tissot-Superpole times: 1. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1’34.676 average 149.474 kph; 2. Davies (BMW) 1’34.833; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 1’34.934; 4. Rea (Honda) 1’35.058; 5. Melandri (BMW) 1’35.115; 6. Checa (Ducati) 1’35.220; 7. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1’35.256; 8. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’36.113; 9. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’34.546; 10. Camier (Suzuki); 11. Neukirchner (Ducati); 12. Baz (Kawasaki); 13. Haslam (Honda); 14. Badovini (Ducati); 15. Fabrizio (Aprilia); 16. Sandi (Kawasaki); 17. Iannuzzo (BMW); 18. Savadori (Kawasaki).