World Superbikes: Tom Sykes claims pole position after wet qualifying session
Last Updated: 06/10/13 12:51pm
Tom Sykes: Clocked a best lap of one minute 38.592 seconds
Tom Sykes mastered the tricky conditions at Magny Cours to claim pole position for Sunday's two World Superbikes races.
The British rider, who currently leads the overall standings, got his Kawasaki around the wet circuit fastest for the eighth time this season.
He clocked one minute 38.592 seconds in his final flying lap to cement first position by eight-tenths of a second as the quickest times arrived towards the end of the second Superpole session.
"This is a great place to get pole position, especially in these conditions," Sykes said.
"Three riders in two corners made it very difficult for me in the fast lap so I am sure it was very exciting for those watching on TV! From where I was sitting it was quite dangerous.
"I hope it is dry tomorrow because if we have good conditions everybody will be fighting and putting on a good show for the crowd. In dry conditions we know what to expect."
Sykes is joined on the front row by one of his title rivals in Sylvain Guintoli, with Eugene Laverty in fourth place after Althea Aprilia's Davide Giugliano pipped him to complete the front row.
Guintoli lies third in the season standings 24 points back, while his Aprilia Racing team-mate Laverty is second, a point better off than the Frenchman.
Italian pair Michele Fabrizio and Ayrton Badovini are also on the second row, ahead of Marco Melandri, Chaz Davies and Vincent Philippe, who is a substitute for the injured Leon Camier.