Sykes holds off Yamaha attack to take pole in Aragon

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 02 Apr 2016

Tom Sykes starts on pole

Tom Sykes will start this weekend’s two World Superbike races from pole position at Aragon after beating off competition from PATA Yamaha duo Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes.

Sykes’ time of 1’49.374 places him on pole by 0.2secs ahead of Guintoli, who had to fight through the first qualifying session after a tough start to the weekend.

Guintoli’s team-mate, Alex Lowes joins him on the front row after an impressive showing from the PATA Yamaha squad, demonstrating the progress made with the new YZF-R1.

Pre-weekend favourite Chaz Davies heads the second row ahead of championship leader Jonathan Rea. The second Ducati of Davide Giugliano will start sixth.

MV Agusta’s Leon Camier leads row three ahead of Spaniards Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores with Nicky Hayden completing the top ten.

Michael van der Mark was unable to continue his season’s impressive qualifying form after tucking the front after clipping the kerb on his fast lap.

The first race kicks off at 12:00 UK time. 

Qualifying times from Aragon