WSBK: Superpole Overcomes Slippery Imola Track

09/26/2009 @ 9:53 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Superpole Overcomes Slippery Imola Track


With track conditions at the Imola causing a near mutiny during the practice sessions, there was a panic in the WSBK paddock as to whether racing would occur at the Bologna circuit this weekend. After track officials cleaned the Imola tarmac, it became too slippery to ride upon. Whether due to the mixture of oil and water on the track, or the absence of the usual layers of rubber forming on the race line, the conditions caused riders to refuse to take to the track over safety concerns.

Commenting about the conditions, Ben Spies stated the course was slipperier than full wet conditions. Max Biaggi was also heard saying that the course was too slippery for racing, and that Sunday’s races could not take place on the course under these circumstances. Despite this, WSBK Superpole action still occurred, read on for more.

Scrambling to correct the error, the folks at Imola cleaned the surface again, declared the problem solved, and sent out WSS riders to begin their practice session. With the matter apparently resolved, this weekend’s stop at Imola, Italy could recommence, and it seems fitting that an Italian rider should take the Superpole at the resurgence of this historic Italian track.

Michel Fabrizio won the Superpole, with a squeaker over American Ben Spies. Fabrizio would seem to be out of the Championship hunt, but Spies still seemed to prefer to have his 10th Superpole victory, making a comment afterwards that he was surprised that Fabrizio didn’t help him out on this one, after taking him out of Race 1 at Brno. Spies is feeling the heat from Noriyuki Haga, who barely trails Spies by 18 points. With Haga lurking only .15 seconds behind Fabrizio, tomorrow’s races are shaping up to be some good ones. This Championship isn’t over yet folks.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Imola, Italy:

184M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’47.735
219B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’47.7780.043
365J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’47.8340.099
441N. HagaDucati 1098R1’47.8850.150
596J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’48.1560.421
63M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’48.6650.930
767S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’49.0921.357
858M. SimoncelliAprilia RSV4 Factory1’49.3381.603
Out after Superpole 2
911T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’48.9710.892
1091L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’48.9920.913
1157L. LanziDucati 1098R1’49.0600.981
1210F. NietoDucati 1098R1’49.1051.026
137C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’49.1681.089
149R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’49.3401.261
1514M. LagriveHonda CBR1000RR1’49.6411.562
1666T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’49.6811.602
Out after Superpole 1
1771Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’49.9061.522
1823B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’50.0121.628
19111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’50.1521.768
2031K. MuggeridgeSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’50.4142.030

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