Ben Spies Wins Second Superpole in Qatar

03/13/2009 @ 4:34 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Ben Spies Wins Second Superpole in Qatar

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Our very own Ben Spies has done it again and won the Superpole for the second time this year at the second round of World Superbike in Qatar, braking the lap record at the Losail circuit. Spies took his Yamaha YZF-R1 to a best time of 1.57.280 ahead of Guandalini Ducati rider Jakub Smrz,the Czech earning his first front-row start of the season. Aprilia’s Max Biaggi also put the RSV4 on the front row for a second successive race.

 

When asked about his Superpole victory and record setting time, Spies commented:

“The most important thing is being on the front row with this many fast guys. I almost ruined my lap but we eventually got the job done. Race pace is looking promising, which is important but I feel sure it’s going to be a hard race tomorrow. You still have to search for the speed and find the limit in Superpole, I don’t know anything different, it’s the only one I’ve done but it’s working well for me so far.”

Once racing starts tomorrow, Spies is definitely looking like the man to beat, while Johnny Rea, who could have pushed Spies had he not been knocked out of Superpole early, will have to fight his way through the field to contend for a maiden win. Nori Haga, however, is likely to be travelling in the opposite direction. It is conceivable he managed to disguise a lack of grip with a sticky qualifying tire, which he certainly used to devastating effect. But he will need more than that on race day if he wants to retain his comfortable lead in the championship. At least his current rival for the lead, Max Neukirchner on the Alstare Suzuki, is unlikely to cause Haga much trouble, starting from the 5th row.

We find out for sure on Saturday, when the flag drops, and racing starts for real.

World Superbike Superpole Results from Round 2 at Qatar:

 

Pos.No.RiderCountryBikeTime
119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R11’57.280
296J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R1’57.384
33M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV41’57.694
441N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1’57.850
566T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11’57.878
656S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV41’58.755
77C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR1’59.090
867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R2’00.021
944R. RolfoITAHonda CBR1000RR1’58.734
1084M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R1’58.919
1155R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R1’59.044
129R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1’59.055
1323B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R1’59.074
1471Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’59.134
15111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR1’59.435
1611T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1’59.454
1765J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR1’59.713
1891L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1’59.882
1976M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’59.926
2033T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR2’00.108
2131K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K92’00.738
22100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R2’00.839
2325D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R2’01.047
2424B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R2’01.165
2577V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR2’01.560
2686A. BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX 10R2’01.561
2799L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R2’01.607
2815M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R2’02.663

Source: MotoGP Matters & Two Wheels Blog

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