Spies Wins Valencia Superpole, Third Pole for 2009

04/04/2009 @ 5:11 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Spies Wins Valencia Superpole, Third Pole for 2009


Ben Spies lead 19 other riders to Superpole victory in Valencia today. While tactics were mixed, Max Biaggi and Tom Sykes were left behind after the first session, and will have to start from the 5th row tomorrow. Joining them will be Ruben Xaus, who crashed out on a fast lap before he had the chance to set a time good enough to qualify.


Spies set the fastest time in the second session with only a single fast lap. The one lap wonder was due to him running wide and off the track during his slowdown lap. The mistake forced Spies to abandon his bike and run back to the pits. Fortunately for the young American, the lap time was enough to maintain his position, and advance into the third and final Superpole session. Shakey Byrne also had a moment, crashing out while on a very fast lap, which had set the second fastest time at the first intermediate point. In his first Superpole ever, John Hopkins struggled with the qualifying format, and ended the day the 16th starting position on the grid for tomorrow. 

For the final Superpole session, Spies went out for a lap, then came straight back in again. Laconi made the early running, taking pole at the start of the session, while Nori Haga waited for the second half of the session to go out. Haga made a strong showing but couldn’t touch Laconi’s time. With just a couple of minutes in the session left, Ben Spies went again.

At the first sector, Spies was already a quarter of a second quicker than the rest of the field, and by the end of the lap, Spies had smashed Max Neukirchner’s lap record by over 0.6 seconds, to take his third straight pole in a row. Three poles from three attempts is a remarkable record, and with three wins out of four races, Ben Spies is looking virtually unstoppable.


Results From the 2009 World Superbike Valencia Superpole:

119B. SPIESYamaha YZF R11’33.270
255R. LACONIDucati 1098R1’33.955
341N. HAGADucati 1098R1’34.082
484M. FABRIZIODucati 1098R1’34.259
571Y. KAGAYAMASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’34.755
676M. NEUKIRCHNERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’34.903
765J. REAHonda CBR1000RR1’35.056
87C. CHECAHonda CBR1000RR1’35.346
99R. KIYONARIHonda CBR1000RR1’34.536
1091L. HASLAMHonda CBR1000RR1’34.655
1196J. SMRZDucati 1098R1’34.684
1267S. BYRNEDucati 1098R1’34.742
1323B. PARKESKawasaki ZX 10R1’34.823
1411T. CORSERBMW S1000 RR1’34.863
1524B. ROBERTSDucati 1098R1’35.082
16121J. HOPKINSHonda CBR1000RR1’35.251
1766T. SYKESYamaha YZF R11’35.203
183M. BIAGGIAprilia RSV4 Factory1’35.204
19111R. XAUSBMW S1000 RR1’35.806
2056S. NAKANOAprilia RSV4 Factory1’35.416
2125D. SALOMKawasaki ZX 10R1’35.718
2233T. HILLRacing Honda CBR1000RR1’35.890
2331K. MUGGERIDGESuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’35.909
24100M. TAMADAKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.030
2599L. SCASSAKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.119
2694D. CHECAYamaha YZF R11’36.581
2786A. BADOVINIKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.745
2877V. IANNUZZOHonda CBR1000RR1’36.813
2915M. BAIOCCOKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.826
3088R. RESCHSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’37.820


Source: MotoGP Matters

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