WSBK: If Superpole Was Monopoly, Ben Spies Could Have Built a Hotel by Now

05/16/2009 @ 3:33 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: If Superpole Was Monopoly, Ben Spies Could Have Built a Hotel by Now


Ben Spies took his 6th straight Superpole this year, this time at the Kyalami circuit, beating out Michel Fabrizio by a mere one thousandth of a second. Making Spies the second ridr ever to win 6 WSBK poles in a row, a honor previously held alone by American Doug Polen, who accomplished the feat in 1991.

Spies led from his first fast lap in the third round of the Superple, with a time of 1’37.366, but as the final seconds ticked away, Xerox Ducati’s Michel Fabrizio bested the American with a blistering 1’37.289. Fabrizio’s joy was to be short lived however, as just seconds later, Ben Spies crossed the line on his Yamaha R1 to win the Superpole with a time of 1’37.288. That’s a difference of just one thousandth of a second.

Third place went to Max Biaggi on the Aprilia RSV4 who also set the top speed record at the Kyalami, while fourth place Noriyuki Haga who is still recovering from his pigeon encounter back at Monza.

The second row of the starting grid will see Jonathan Rea on his Honda Ten Kate and satellite Guandalini Ducati rider Jakub Smrz, Carlos Checa will be starting in 7th place, while Spies team mate Tom Sykes is in 8th.

Results from the World Superbike Superpole at Kyalami, South Africa:

119B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’37.288 
284M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’37.2890.001
33M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’37.4660.178
441N. HagaDucati 1098R1’37.5440.256
565J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’37.6340.346
696J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’37.6770.389
77C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’37.9400.652
866T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’38.2410.953
Out after Superpole 2
956S. NakanoAprilia RSV4 Factory1’37.935 
1091L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’37.988 
11132S. MoraisKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.013 
129R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’38.081 
1371Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’38.130 
1467S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’38.171 
15111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’38.194 
1636G. LavillaDucati 1098R1’38.733 
Out after Superpole 1
1723B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.766 
1899L. ScassaKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.779 
1925D. SalomKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.880 
2033T. HillHonda CBR1000RR1’39.001 

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