WSBK: Magny-Cours Superpole

10/03/2009 @ 6:34 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Magny-Cours Superpole


World Superbike makes its way to France this weekend for its second to last stop of the season. With only 3 points separating Ben Spies from Noriyuki Haga’s lead in the Championship, Magny-Cours proves itself to be an important stop in a battle for the lead that seems unable to die. Both Haga and Spies will be looking to take a double here in France, and try to establish some breathing room over the other, before they head to Portimao.

Ben Spies has clogged our front-page as of late, and for good reason. The American has not only been making waves on the track, but has been the center of much speculation in both the WSBK and MotoGP paddocks. With his recent announcement to move into MotoGP, via the Monster Tech3 Yamaha Team, Spies seems to have only one thing left on his agenda: winning the 2009 World Superbike Championship.

Before Spies can begin his training for MotoGP, there’s just the simple matter of defeating Noriyuki Haga, who is looking for his first World Superbike crown as well. Haga, twice a WSBK Championship runner-up, is perhaps the only man in the paddock who wants victory more than Ben Spies. Spies isn’t going to make it easy for him though, and today has taken his 10th Superpole victory.

With his 10th Superpole in hand, Spies ties the record for pole positions in WSBK. Setting a course record in the process, Spies is now tied with Doug Polen, who reached 10 pole positions back in 1991.

Stay tuned for the races tomorrow, although Nitro Nori will be starting from the second row, you can almost count on another battle in France.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Magny-Cours, France:

119B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’37.709
265J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’38.1910.482
384M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’38.1960.487
43M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’38.2350.526
541N. HagaDucati 1098R1’38.3650.656
691L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’38.6250.916
710F. NietoDucati 1098R1’38.6700.961
811T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’39.1141.405
Out after Superpole 2
967S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’38.8310.715
1096J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’38.8440.728
1131K. MuggeridgeSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’38.8510.735
127C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’38.9240.808
1371Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’39.1481.032
1466T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’39.3611.245
15111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’39.4441.328
1622L. CamierAprilia RSV4 Factory1’39.7031.587
Out after Superpole 1
179R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’39.8161.046
1815M. BaioccoDucati 1098R1’39.8681.098
1923B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’39.9051.135
2025D. SalomKawasaki ZX 10R1’40.5341.764

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