Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 01 Aug 2015
Tom Sykes signaled his intent to fight Jonathan Rea to the 2015 World Superbike crown to the bitter end today by storming to a dominant pole position in Sepang.
Sykes left it until the closing moments to deny Aprilia’s Jordi Torres his debut pole, posting a lap of 2’03.240 to clinch his fourth pole of the season. Sylvain Guintoli completes the front row on the PATA Honda.
Wildcard returnee Max Biaggi betters his Misano qualifying by two places and will start fourth on the grid for tomorrow’s two races ahead of Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes and double winner last time out Chaz Davies.
Champion-elect Jonathan Rea will face a tough task fighting through from the third row of the grid in seventh. He starts ahead of Leon Haslam and Niccolo Canepa. Matteo Biaocco rounds out the top ten.
Ayrton Badovini is listed 12th on the timesheet but will not take up his position on the grid for tomorrow’s races after a heavy crash in FP4.
World Superbikes – Sepang – Qualifying