WSB: Sykes closes in on Corser record with Lausitzring pole
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and every other rider in Superpole 2 at Lausitzring beat the previous Superpole record pace, with Sykes subsequently taking his 42nd career Superpole win on his 32nd birthday.
He was fully 1.762 seconds faster this year than previous pole record holder Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) was last season – although the track conditions at this stage last season were quite as fully dry as 2017.
Sykes is now only one Superpole away from equalling the all-time record of 43 Superpole successes, set by Troy Corser.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second quickest, 0.213 seconds behind his team-mate, with Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) the final fro
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Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) placed fourth, Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) fifth and Davies sixth.
Top R1 rider was Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) in seventh. The second Aprilia RSV-4 RF belonged to Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia), who was eighth, one place up on Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and his lone MV.
Local wild-card rider and recent WorldSBK regular Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon Remeha BMW) was tenth. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) was 11th and 12th man was Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Ducati) in Superpole 2.
Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) rode in Superpole 1, finishing 15th, but his left elbow injury (including swelling and extensive bruising to the elbow joint) may prevent him riding again today.