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:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1’37.288  
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’37.289 0.001
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’37.466 0.178
4 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’37.544 0.256
5 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’37.634 0.346
6 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’37.677 0.389
7 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1’37.940 0.652
8 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1’38.241 0.953
Out after Superpole 2
9 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’37.935  
10 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1’37.988  
11 132 S. Morais Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’38.013  
12 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1’38.081  
13 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’38.130  
14 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’38.171  
15 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’38.194  
16 36 G. Lavilla Ducati 1098R 1’38.733  
Out after Superpole 1
17 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’38.766  
18 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’38.779  
19 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’38.880  
20 33 T. Hill Honda CBR1000RR 1’39.001  

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