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.

Donington WSBK: Sykes dominates for fifth pole of 2016
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team
Lorenzo Savadori, Iodaracing Team
Lorenzo Savadori, Iodaracing Team
Cameron Beaubier, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team

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.

Qualifying results

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 United KingdomTom Sykes  SpainKawasaki Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:26.712
2 United KingdomChaz Davies  ItalyDucati Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:27.572
3 ItalyLorenzo Savadori  ItalyIoda Racing Project Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:27.591
4 United KingdomJonathan Rea  SpainKawasaki Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:27.601
5 ItalyDavide Giugliano  ItalyDucati Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:27.602
6 SpainJordi Torres  ItalyAlthea Racing BMW S1000 RR 1:28.046
7 United StatesNicky Hayden  NetherlandsHonda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:28.127
8 United KingdomLeon Camier  ItalyMV Agusta MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:28.409
9 United StatesCameron Beaubier  JapanCrescent Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 1:28.617
10 SpainXavi Fores  ItalyBarni Racing Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:28.663
11 Czech RepublicKarel Abraham  United KingdomTeam Milwaukee BMW S1000 RR 1:30.345
12 NetherlandsMichael van der Mark  NetherlandsHonda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:28.806
13 San MarinoAlex de Angelis  ItalyIoda Racing Project Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:28.866
14 AustraliaJosh Brookes  United KingdomTeam Milwaukee BMW S1000 RR 1:29.029
15 SpainRoman Ramos  ItalyTeam Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:29.289
16 ItalyLuca Scassa  ItalyVFT Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:29.377
17 AustraliaAnthony West  ItalyTeam Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:29.377
18 GermanyMarkus Reiterberger  ItalyAlthea Racing BMW S1000 RR 1:29.406
19 SwitzerlandDominic Schmitter  ItalyGrillini SBK Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:30.275
20  Mathieu Lussiana  BrazilTeam Aspi BMW S1000 RR 1:30.635
21 QatarSaeed Al Sulaiti  ItalyTeam Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.378
22 PolandPawel Szkopek  HungaryTeam Toth Yamaha YZF-R1 1:31.742
23 HungaryImre Toth  HungaryTeam Toth Yamaha YZF-R1 1:34.549
  Alex Lowes  Crescent Racing Yamaha YZF-R1  
  Sheridan Morais  VFT Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R  
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