Tom Sykes of the factory Kawasaki Racing Team claimed Superpole in the Misano round of the World Superbike Championship in Italy. This is Sykes’ second pole in World Superbikes the last one being last year on the previous generation Kawasaki ZX-10 R. ¬†Favourite Carlos Checa took second place on the Althea Ducati while Max Biaggi finished qualifying in seventh place.