Tom Sykes starts Sunday's WSB final round at Magny-Cours in pole position
Last Updated: 06/10/12 3:21pm
Tom Sykes: Keeps WSB title hopes alive
Britsh star Tom Sykes kept alive his slim hopes of winning the World Superbike Championship by securing pole position for the final round in Magny-Cours.
Sykes is 30.5 points behind championship leader Max Biaggi as he looks to win his first WCB title crown, but has been among the fastest riders all weekend and secured pole with a time of 1 minute 36.950 seconds.
Biaggi likes the circuit - he has never finished lower than sixth at Magny-Cours - but he had a difficult qualifying and will start from 10th for Aprilia after failing to make it through to Superpole 3.
The Italian will remain confident he can pick up his second title.
BMW's Marco Melandri is the only other rider who can win the title but he is even further behind Biaggi in the standings and managed to qualify only fourth.
Carlos Checa will start from second for Ducati while Biaggi's team-mate Eugene Laverty is third.