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Sykes back on pole at MotorLand Aragon

Alcaniz (Spain), Saturday 12 April 2014 – A thrilling Tissot-Superpole this afternoon saw reigning Champion Tom Sykes claim his first pole position of the season aboard his Kawasaki Racing Team machine ahead of his team mate Loris Baz.

Tom Sykes: “I am happy because the target was a front row start but we got pole position. I think I could have beaten my own track record but it was not to be. The conditions were good, the bike was working well and unfortunately I was just riding too much with the front tyre. The Ninja ZX-10R is working well over long distance so we will see what tomorrow’s temperature gives us. It will be interesting to see where we go in terms of track temperature but I feel we have answers, whichever way it is.”

The final 15 minute shoot-out was a fast and furious fight on track for top spot and at the end of the session it was Sykes that just clung to secure pole position ahead of Baz and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) who completed the top 3.

In tomorrow’s races, row 2 will be headed by Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team), who will be joined by Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)… (read more)

Jonathan Rea: “I’m honestly quite happy as this is the fastest I’ve ever been here and we’ve made such a big step since last year. While I’m satisfied with my lap time, I’m not with my position. I expected a 56s would be good for front row, but the pace is quite fast. I’m quite satisfied with the set-up we’ve got, I just need to make a really good start from row two and try to go with the guys in front of me on the grid.”


An exciting qualifying session in World Supersport resulted in Pole Position for Kev Coghlan (DMC Panavto – Yamaha), the first in his World Championship career. PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) took a well deserved second position on the grid for tomorrow’s race despite a late tumble, while championship Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC – Yakhnich Motorsport)… (read more)

1. Coghlan (Yamaha) 2’01.662 average 158.130 kph; 2. Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 2’01.800; 3. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 2’01.809; 4. Marino (Kawasaki) 2’01.992; 5. Vd Mark (Honda) 2’02.035; 6. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’02.043; 7. Zanetti (Honda) 2’02.370; 8. Leonov (MV Agusta) 2’02.476; 9. Russo (Honda) 2’02.525; 10. Wilairot (Honda) 2’02.596; 11. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 2’02.615; 12. De Rosa (Honda) 2’02.745; 13. Kennedy (Honda) 2’02.872; 14. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 2’03.380; 15. Wahr (Yamaha) 2’03.387; etc.

Superstock 1000

After topping the free practice sessions throughout the weekend so far, Barni Racing Ducati have taken the opening Pole Position of the FIM Superstock 1000ccc Cup with Leandro Mercado grabbing the top spot from his new team mate Ondrej Jezek. Christoffer Bergman (BWG Kawasaki) stole the final front row position with a blistering final lap, pushing… (read more)

Times: 1. Mercado (Ducati) 2’01.610 average 158.198 kph; 2. Jezek (Ducati) 2’01.705; 3. Bergman (Kawasaki) 2’02.264; 4. Savadori (Kawasaki) 2’02.315;5. Massei (Ducati) 2’02.347; 6. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 2’03.428; 7. Smith (Honda) 2’03.505; 8. D’Annunzio (BMW) 2’03.521; 9. Day (Honda) 2’03.743; 10. Nemeth (Kawasaki) 2’03.750; 11. Cecchini (BMW) 2’03.822; 12. Grotzkyj G. (Kawasaki) 2’03.859; 13. Valk (Kawasaki) 2’03.949; 14. McFadden(Kawasaki) 2’03.987; 15. Muresan (BMW) 2’04.141; etc.

Superstock 600 – Race
Marco Faccani (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) has won the opening round of the FIM Europe Superstock 600cc Championship after an impressive display from the championship rookie. A group of seven were in the fight for 2nd and 3rd, but at the flag Andrea Tucci… (read more)

Times: 1. Faccani (Kawasaki) 11 Laps/58.784 km in 23’11.929 average 152.035 kph; 2. Tucci (Kawasaki) 2.677; 3. Tessels (Suzuki) 2.819; 4. Tuuli(Yamaha) 3.626; 5. Mikhalchik (Kawasaki) 4.098; 6. Salvadori (Kawasaki) 4.404; 7. Casalotti (Yamaha) 4.468; 8. Duwelz (Kawasaki) 9.941; 9. Manfredi(Honda) 13.821; 10. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 14.362; 11. Lewis (Honda) 14.617; 12. Marchal (Yamaha) 19.302; 13. Canducci (Kawasaki) 23.159; 14. Zeelen (Yamaha) 28.128; 15. Lahti (Yamaha) 29.067; etc.

Standings (Round 1 of 7): 1. Faccani 25; 2. Tucci 20; 3. Tessels 16; 4. Tuuli 13; 5. Mikhalchik 11; 6. Salvadori 10; 7. Casalotti 9; 8. Duwelz 8; 9. Manfredi 7; 10. Nestorovic 6; 11. Lewis 5; 12. Marchal 4; 13. Canducci 3; 14. Zeelen 2; 15. Lahti 1.

European Junior Cup

The Pata European Junior Cup had its first 30 minute qualifying of the 2014 season today, with Mika Perez (Cuna de Campeones) setting the fastest lap of the session in 2’25.079s to secure pole position for tomorrow’s 8 lap race. The local rider, who was also quickest in free practice, will be joined on the first row by Estonian Hannes Soomer… (read more)

Times: 1. Perez (Honda) 2’25.079 average 132.606 kph; 2. Soomer (Honda) 2’25.635; 3. Harland (Honda) 2’25.874; 4. Orellana (Honda) 2’26.333; 5. Van Schoonhoven (Honda) 2’27.275; 6. Geissler (Honda) 2’27.475; 7. Hubner (Honda) 2’27.489; 8. Miralles (Honda) 2’27.536; 9. London (Honda) 2’27.688; 10. Grassia (Honda) 2’27.920; etc.

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