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Reigning champ Sykes secures Misano Tissot-Superpole

Misano (Italy), Saturday 21 June 2014 –After another tense but exciting Tissot-Superpole, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) will start tomorrow’s two 21 lap races at the Misano World Circuit after getting the better of Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who will join him on the front row.

Today’s pole position is the 21st of Sykes’ WSBK career, with the Englishman now tied in third place with Carl Fogarty for the most pole positions scored in the series.

The top-3 riders received their Tissot-Superpole awards by the hands of the former captain of Italy’s national volleyball team Cristian Savani.

As the first eleven riders were separated by less than one second during the three Free Practice sessions, it was always going to be a close session and the on track action certainly didn’t disappoint the crowd as several riders took their turn to head the field.

Behind the top three, row two tomorrow will see Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), with Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) lining up on row three.

The EVO battle was won by Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Team Ducati) who will start both races tomorrow from the fourth row in 10th position overall after making it to the final session thanks to the 2nd time set in Superpole 1 behind Elias. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) crashed at the end of the session and will therefore start 12th.

1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’34.883 average 160.341 kph; 2. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’35.079; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’35.106; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’35.254; 5. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’35.316; 6. Elias (Aprilia) 1’35.404; 7. Davies (Ducati) 1’35.602; 8. Rea (Honda) 1’35.675; 9. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’36.043; 10. Canepa (Ducati) 1’36.404; 11. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’36.489; 12. Haslam (Honda) 1’36.515; 13. Salom (Kawasaki); 14. Baiocco (Ducati); 15. Badovini (Bimota); 16. Corti (MV Agusta); 17. Barrier (BMW); 18. Goi (Ducati); 19. Morais (Kawasaki) 1’37.807; 20. Foret (Kawasaki) 1’38.008.