Mr Superpole puts his name in history books
Taking 44 pole positions overall in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) now holds the record for the most pole positions secured in the history of the championship, overtaking Australian legend Troy Corser.
Always being a strong qualifier, the British rider took his first pole position back in 2010 at the historic Imola circuit, which began to pave the way for the reputation he has today - of the man to beat in qualifying. With a strong relationship beginning to blossom with Kawasaki, he claimed his 10th Tissot-Superpole award at Portimao two seasons later.
Continuing to rack up not only pole positions but also race wins, the British rider was really shining in the WorldSBK paddock by 2012, as he found his feet on board the Kawasaki Ninja machine. Taking nine of his 11 poles that season, and four wins overall, his time with Kawasaki was paying off.
After being crowned World Superbike Champion in 2013, he was enjoying success in all forms in the WorldSBK paddock and his 25th pole came in 2015, at the legendary TT Circuit Assen. Ending the same season on a high, his 30th time securing the award was at the season finale in Qatar, the same season as WorldSBK was beginning to enter a new era.
With a strong team-mate in Jonathan Rea, Sykes faced a tough battle but embraced the fight with open arms and was continuing to rack up the pole positions. Starting from the front grid spot for the 40th time at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in 2017 – a race he went onto win – his success in Tissot-Superpole continued through what was a tough season for the Brit.
Finally, he takes his 44rd pole position around Donington Park, a track where he took nine consecutive victories and already has five pole positions to his name. With Jonathan Rea his closest rival for pole positions with 16, Sykes really is Mr Superpole!
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