Barcelona WSBK: Sykes grabs pole to snap Rea's streak

BMW rider Tom Sykes put an end to Jonathan Rea's streak of World Superbike pole positions by beating Toprak Razgatlioglu to the top spot in qualifying at Barcelona.

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Sykes came through at the end of the 15-minute Superpole session on Saturday morning to post a best time of 1m40.408s for his first pole since last year's Phillip Island round, and the first for BMW's M1000RR.

The 2013 world champion - who is currently out of a ride for 2022 after losing his seat to Ducati man Scott Redding - was fastest in the first runs, as he was the only rider to break the 1m41s barrier.

Kawasaki rider Rea couldn't match his former teammate on his first run, but on his second run he marginally shaded Sykes with a 1m40.921s to keep his hopes of a ninth straight pole alive.

But that time was soon beaten by championship leader Razgatlioglu, who recorded a 1m40.694s on his Yamaha, and then by Sykes' final effort that netted the BMW rider a record-extending 51st WSBK pole.

Redding was the best of the Ducati riders in fourth ahead of Alex Lowes on the second factory Kawasaki and Andrea Locatelli, who is now confirmed to be staying at Yamaha for another two seasons.

Leon Haslam had his best lap of his first run deleted for exceeding track limits, but banked a time at the end of the session good enough for seventh on the best of the Hondas.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Ducati), Sykes' BMW teammate Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) completed the top 10.

Tito Rabat's replacement for the rest of the season at Barni Ducati, Samuele Cavalieri, was a solid 14th in his first qualifying since June's Misano round, one place behind the Go Eleven machine of Chaz Davies.

Alvaro Bautista was a disappointing 16th on the second Honda, eight tenths slower than teammate Haslam.

Australian debutant Lachlan Epis was 22nd and last aboard his year-old Pedercini Kawasaki, some five seconds off the pace.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 1'40.408  
2 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1'40.694 0.286
3 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1'40.921 0.513
4 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.978 0.570
5 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1'41.086 0.678
6 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 1'41.129 0.721
7 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Honda 1'41.253 0.845
8 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 1'41.275 0.867
9 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark BMW 1'41.320 0.912
10 31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'41.405 0.997
11 47 Italy Axel Bassani Ducati 1'41.632 1.224
12 3 Japan Kohta Nozane Yamaha 1'41.744 1.336
13 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 1'41.791 1.383
14 76 Italy Samuele Cavalieri Ducati 1'41.801 1.393
15 44 France Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 1'41.808 1.400
16 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'42.055 1.647
17 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado Honda 1'42.215 1.807
18 94 Germany Jonas Folger BMW 1'42.257 1.849
19 32 Spain Isaac Viñales Kawasaki 1'42.446 2.038
20 23 France Christophe Ponsson Yamaha 1'42.460 2.052
21 84 Belgium Loris Cresson Kawasaki 1'43.841 3.433
22 83 Australia Lachlan Epis Kawasaki 1'45.732 5.324
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