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Tom Sykes: I’d swap it for 25 points...

21 July 2012

Tom Sykes continued his superb 2012 eni World Superbike qualifying form by claiming his seventh pole for round nine at Brno on Saturday.

The Kawasaki star emerged on top after an interrupted Superpole session, halted due to an oil spill from Davide Giugliano's Ducati early in Superpole 2.

After a lengthy delay of over an hour to clean the fluid, the track re-opened with spots of rain falling - prompting the decision to declare a wet session.

But the moisture didn't develop into anything more major and Sykes set a new pole record on his way to a 0.360s advantage over reigning champion Carlos Checa (Ducati).

“I'm very happy to take pole again but I'd swap this for 25 points in the championship any day of the week!” said Sykes.

“It's fair to say that Kawasaki have got the sheer speed in this championship and it's no secret we still need to work on the balance of the bike for the race, but this is coming and today we made the best of the situation.”

Despite his stunning pole strike-rate, Sykes only victory of the year came from second on the grid at Monza.

Jakub Smrz and his now ex-Liberty Ducati team-mate Sylvain Guintoli are the only other riders to start from pole this year and no-one has yet converted a 2012 pole into victory.

Sykes took six podiums from the opening six rounds, but hasn't had a rostrum since May's Donington Park event and has slipped to fifth in the championship, 76 points from leader Max Biaggi.


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