Sykes back on pole at Aragon

Tom Sykes claimed pole position at Aragon with yet another lap record as he secured his second P1 start of this season.

On a chilly morning in Spain, Chaz Davies led the early running as the riders put in the laps around the 5km Aragon circuit on race tyres.

The Brit, who was quickest in Saturday morning’s final practice, posted a 1:50.309 on board his Ducati.

With five minutes remaining on the clock the riders headed out on the qualifying tyres.

That saw an immediate drop in the lap times with Sylvain Guintoli, who had to come through SP1 to make it into the second part of qualifying, going quickest only to be overhauled by Sykes.

A 1:49.374 ensured the Kawasaki rider was back on pole position, his second of this season and a new lap record around the Aragon track. He was 0.209s up on Guintoli.

Alex Lowes qualified in third place ahead of Davies, Championship leader Jonathan Rea, Davide Giugliano and Leon Camier. The MV Agusta rider was the last to get within a second of Sykes’ pole position time.

Jordi Torres, who was the other rider to progress from SP1, was ninth ahead of Xavi Fores and Nicky Hayden.

The American’s hot lap was ruined by a crash from Michael van der Mark. The Dutchman qualified P11 after a scary accident that saw him bike slide down the hill at Turn 8 while he slid across the track into the path of other riders.

Lorenzo Savadori completed the top 12.

1 SYKES Tom Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’49.374
2 GUINTOLI Sylvain Yamaha YZF R1 1’49.583 0.209
3 LOWES Alex Yamaha YZF R1 1’49.708 0.334
4 DAVIES Chaz Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’49.909 0.535
5 REA Jonathan Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’50.003 0.629
6 GIUGLIANO Davide Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’50.316 0.942
7 CAMIER Leon MV Agusta 1000 F4 1’50.360 0.986
8 TORRES Jordi BMW S1000 RR 1’50.390 1.016
9 FORÉS Xavi Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’50.538 1.164
10  HAYDEN Nicky Honda CBR1000RR SP 1’50.551 1.177
11 VAN DER MARK Michael Honda CBR1000RR SP 1’50.744 1.370
12 SAVADORI Lorenzo Aprilia RSV4 RF 1’50.958 1.584
13 REITERBERGER Markus BMW S1000 RR 1’50.938
14 RAMOS Román Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’51.560
15 ABRAHAM Karel BMW S1000 RR 1’52.052
16 DE ANGELIS Alex Aprilia RSV4 RF 1’52.173
17 BAIOCCO Matteo Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’52.246
18 BROOKES Joshua BMW S1000 RR 1’52.443
19 BARRIER Sylvain Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’53.169
20 LUSSIANA Matthieu BMW S1000 RR 1’54.042
21 SCHMITTER Dominic Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’54.569
22 AL SULAITI Saeed Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’54.719
23 SEBESTYÉN Péter Yamaha YZF R1 1’55.444
24 HOOK Josh Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’56.023
25 TÓTH Imre Yamaha YZF R1 1’57.217