Sykes returns to pole at Assen

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 18 Apr 2015

Mr Superpole returned in Assen

Tom Sykes has taken his first pole position of the 2015 season in Assen, beating teammate Jonathan Rea to the top spot by by 0.131 seconds. Aprilia’s Leon Haslam rounds out the front row.

There was almost drama in the first qualifying session, with World Champion Sylvain Guintoli almost failing to progress through on the PATA Honda. A last ditch lap saw him jump to the top of the timesheet to go through to Q2 with Barni Ducati’s Leandro Mercado.

Haslam set the early pace in the second session before the sticky rubber went in. Homeboy Michael van der Mark stormed to a provisional pole with five to go, but unable to stop the British dynasty, he ended up being pushed back to fifth.

It had looked like Rea would take his third pole of the year, but teammate Sykes pulled out one of his super-laps to secure the top spot. Haslam took third with Chaz Davies on the Ducati taking fourth.

Alex Lowes round out the second row on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki. Xavi Fores led row three ahead of Torres and Sylvain Guintoli with Mercado, Camier and Terol on row four. 

WORLD SUPERBIKES ASSEN – QUALIFYING

  1. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’34.789
  2. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’34.920
  3. Leon Haslam – Red Devils Aprilia – 1’34.336
  4. Chaz Davies – Aruba.it Racing Ducati – 1’35.425
  5. Michael van der Mark – PATA Honda – 1’35.619
  6. Alex Lowes – Voltcom Crescent Suzuki – 1’35.722
  7. Xavi Fores – Aruba.it Racing Ducati – 1’35.786
  8. Jordi Torres – Red Devils Aprilia – 1’35.855
  9. Sylvain Guintoli – PATA Honda – 1’36.118
  10. Leandro Mercado – Barni Ducati – 1’36.394
  11. Leon Camier – MV Agusta Reparto Corse – 1’36.402
  12. Nico Terol – Althea Ducati – 1’36.555
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