“Mr Superpole” Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is on pole for Race 1 at the Acerbis French Round, putting in a last push at the end of Tissot-Superpole 2 to take his 47th pole and beat teammate Jonathan Rea to the honour of a new lap record. Rea had beaten the previous pole lap record by quite a margin as the last few fast laps shot in at the end of the session, but Sykes’ final effort set a new benchmark once again: a 1:35.696.
Under somewhat unseasonably sunny skies at the Circuit de Nevers-Magny Cours, Tissot-Superpole 1 had seen Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) top the timesheets and move through, joined by Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) after the two made big improvements on latter runs. But that left Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) paying the price as the Irishman gambled he’d done enough after initially topping the timesheets, staying in the box and just missing the cut.
Once the lights went green to signal the start of Superpole 2 it was reigning Champion Rea heading the timesheets after the first runs, and the Northern Irishman then came back out and smashed the previous lap record. But it wasn’t to be, as Sykes once again proved the nickname correct and “Mr Superpole” blasted another tenth and a half off the record for pole.