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WSBK Assen, Netherlands: Sykes storms to pole at Assen

Tom Sykes has notched up his third pole position of the season at Assen after comfortably taking a march on the field by over 0.6 seconds.
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Tom Sykes has notched up his third pole position in the opening four rounds of the year at Assen after comfortably taking a march on the field, gaping second place rider Sylvain Guintoli by almost two-thirds of a second.

The Kawasaki rider had headed proceeding after the first run in the cold but sunny Assen sunshine but once the Yorkshireman put in the Pirelli qualifying tyre he blitzed the rest of the field to grab yet another pole position in World Superbikes.

Guintoli once again proved the Crescent Pata Yamaha's outright single lap pace by taking second on the grid, bettering his third last time out at Assen, while Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Davide Giugliano made it three manufacturers on the front row with third.

Championship leader Jonathan Rea heads the second row, albeit almost a whole second off of his team-mate on pole, with local star Michael van der Mark in fifth and Chaz Davies in sixth.

Having progressed from Superpole 1 Markus Reiterberger jumped to eighth with his final flyer ahead of Spanish duo Xavi Fores and Jordi Torres.

Nicky Hayden was one of the riders to lose out in qualifying and will start 10th with Lorenzo Savadori right behind him. Alex Lowes suffered a crash at the final chicane on his first lap of his final qualifying run which left him stranded at the back of row four.

In Superpole one riders were able to enjoy the first dry running of the race weekend which duly saw Camier go over 15 seconds per lap faster than his best effort in free practice.

After the early runs Camier and Josh Brookes looked comfortable in top two spots to progress into Superpole two but the Althea BMW duo of Reiterberger and Torres dialled in their machines to blitz the times and duly graduate into the pole shootout.

At the first run of qualifying times single lap master Sykes lead proceedings with a 1m 37.165s but was closely matched by team-mate Rea. After a short silence with all riders darting into the pits to put in a fresh Pirelli qualifying tyre and with track conditions at its best all weekend times duly tumbled.

As a result, Sykes duly left his rivals trailing to take another pole position by 0.633s from Guintoli.



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