Phillip Island WSBK: Sykes on pole for season opener

Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes has secured the first World Superbike pole of the season in a close qualifying shootout at Phillip Island.

The Briton set the benchmark time with his final attempt of the session, dethroning early leader Davide Giugliano and setting the new Phillip Island lap record in the category.

Ducati rider Giugliano fell short of Sykes by 0.078s and will line up second on the grid, with reigning champion Jonathan Rea a tenth and a half down, putting a second Kawasaki on the front row.

Yamaha duo of Sylvain Guintoli and Superpole 1 pace-setter Alex Lowes took fourth and fifth respectively, followed by the two Hondas of Michael van der Mark and newcomer Nicky Hayden.

Another WSBK rookie Lorenzo Savadori ended up eighth for Ioda, with 2015 runner-up Chaz Davies settling for ninth.

The top 12 was completed by Leon Camier, Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.

Among those going out in SP1 were 2015 British Superbikes champion Josh Brookes (14th) and MotoGP converts Karel Abraham (16th) and Alex de Angelis (18th).

Qualifying results

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTime
1 United KingdomTom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:30.020
2 ItalyDavide Giugliano Ducati Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:30.098
3 United KingdomJonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:30.170
4 FranceSylvain Guintoli Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1:30.281
5 United KingdomAlex Lowes Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1:30.354
6 NetherlandsMichael van der Mark Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:30.468
7 United StatesNicky Hayden Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:30.479
8 ItalyLorenzo Savadori IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:30.609
9 United KingdomChaz Davies Ducati Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:30.717
10 United KingdomLeon Camier MV Agusta MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:30.795
11 Markus Reiterberger Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR 1:31.031
12 SpainJordi Torres Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR 1:31.207
13 SpainJavier Fores Barni Racing Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:31.871
14 Joshua Brookes Milwaukee BMW BMW S1000 RR 1:31.927
15 FranceSylvain Barrier Pedercini Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.077
16 Czech RepublicKarel Abraham Milwaukee BMW BMW S1000 RR 1:32.117
17 SpainRoman Ramos Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.194
18 San MarinoAlex de Angelis IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:33.507
19 Dominic Schmitter Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.664
20 Saeed Al Sulaiti Pedercini Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.690
21 Mike Jones Desmo Sport Ducati Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:33.722
22 HungaryPeter Sebestyen Team Toth Yamaha YZF-R1 1:34.346
23 HungaryImre Toth Team Toth Yamaha YZF-R1 1:36.272

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Series World Superbike
Event Phillip Island
Track Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Drivers Tom Sykes , Jonathan Rea , Davide Giugliano
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Article type Qualifying report