Donington WSBK: Sykes dominates for fifth pole of 2016
Tom Sykes, winner of the past six World Superbike races at Donington Park, has topped qualifying for the 2016 edition of the round.
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The Kawasaki driver's lead was four tenths before the mid-session pitstops, with Davide Giugliano running second.
Although Sykes was temporarily demoted by Jonathan Rea and Lorenzo Savadori, his late flyer put him eight tenths in the clear.
Behind Sykes, four riders completed the top five extremely close to each other, separated by just three hundredths.
Ducati rider Chaz Davies and Savadori will share the front row with the poleman, Savadori making it into the top three in qualifying for the first time in his career.
Sykes' teammate Rea had to settle for fourth, beating Giugliano by just 0.001s.
Jordi Torres ended up sixth, closely followed by Superpole 1 winner Nicky Hayden and MV Agusta rider Leon Camier.
Yamaha's sole entrant Cameron Beaubier secured ninth, 1.9s off the pace, narrowly edging out the Ducati of Xavi Fores and Karel Abraham, who crashed during the session.
Second Honda rider Michael Van der Mark failed to advance from SP1 and will only line up 13th on the grid.
|1||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:26.712|
|2||Chaz Davies||Ducati Team||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1:27.572|
|3||Lorenzo Savadori||Ioda Racing Project||Aprilia RSV4 RF||1:27.591|
|4||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:27.601|
|5||Davide Giugliano||Ducati Team||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1:27.602|
|6||Jordi Torres||Althea Racing||BMW S1000 RR||1:28.046|
|7||Nicky Hayden||Honda World Superbike Team||Honda CBR1000RR SP||1:28.127|
|8||Leon Camier||MV Agusta||MV Agusta 1000 F4||1:28.409|
|9||Cameron Beaubier||Crescent Racing||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:28.617|
|10||Xavi Fores||Barni Racing Team||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1:28.663|
|11||Karel Abraham||Team Milwaukee||BMW S1000 RR||1:30.345|
|12||Michael van der Mark||Honda World Superbike Team||Honda CBR1000RR SP||1:28.806|
|13||Alex de Angelis||Ioda Racing Project||Aprilia RSV4 RF||1:28.866|
|14||Josh Brookes||Team Milwaukee||BMW S1000 RR||1:29.029|
|15||Roman Ramos||Team Go Eleven||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:29.289|
|16||Luca Scassa||VFT Racing||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1:29.377|
|17||Anthony West||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:29.377|
|18||Markus Reiterberger||Althea Racing||BMW S1000 RR||1:29.406|
|19||Dominic Schmitter||Grillini SBK Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:30.275|
|20||Mathieu Lussiana||Team Aspi||BMW S1000 RR||1:30.635|
|21||Saeed Al Sulaiti||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:31.378|
|22||Pawel Szkopek||Team Toth||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:31.742|
|23||Imre Toth||Team Toth||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:34.549|
|Alex Lowes||Crescent Racing||Yamaha YZF-R1|
|Sheridan Morais||VFT Racing||Ducati 1199 Panigale R|
Davide Giugliano in 3rd place after the first day of practice in Donington
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