WSBK: Interrupted Superpole During Qualifying at Brno

07/21/2012 @ 1:37 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Not withstanding the drama of Liberty Racing and Sylvain Guintoli’s slightly absurd dustup and parting of ways, along with the news the BMW Motorrad would fold its factory team into the BMW Italia effort, it’s been business as usual at Brno for World Superbike this week. The same could not be said for Saturday’s Superpole event though, which suffered from fluids being dumped on the track, and then a bout of rain caused the qualifying to go to a wet format. With teams having to adapt to the changing format, the grid for Sunday is certainly an interesting one.

With qualifying going ahead normally at first, the big shock of Superpole 1 was the exclusion of Max Biaggi, who gambled on his session by using a race tire on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory, instead of a qualifier, and found himself 14th on the starting grid for Sunday. Also excluded was the Fixi-Crescent Suzuki team riders, as both Leon Camier and John Hopkins could not make the first cut, as they continue to struggle with the under-powered WSBK-spec Suzuki GSX-R1000.

In Superpole 2, the session had to be red-flagged midway through, as Davide Giugliano’s Ducati spilled water onto the course. Sending a bevy of riders into the gravel trap behind him, the session was set to be restarted as riders took to the course for a five-minute sighting session.

With the rain starting to fall at the conclusion of the sighting laps, WSBK Race Direction deemed the session wet, giving riders just a single 18 minute session to decided the last 12 spots on the grid. Again starting from pole-position is Tom Sykes, who will try to be the first pole-setter this season to win on race day.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Brno, Czech Republic:

1Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’58.010
2Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’58.4700.460
3Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’58.7410.731
4Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’58.7890.779
5Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’58.8850.875
6Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’59.5601.550
7Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’59.5831.573
8Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’59.6211.611
9Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1’59.7481.738
10Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R1’59.8711.861
11David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’59.2791.269
12Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’59.1541.144
13Leon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’59.4391.429
14Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’59.4531.443
15Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’59.6271.617
16John HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’59.9731.963
17Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R2’00.5912.581
18Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR2’00.6932.683
19Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R2’00.9782.968
20Alessandro PolitaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R2’02.0234.013
21Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R2’02.9524.942
22Norino BrignolaGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR2’03.5245.514
23Viktor KispatakiProp-tech ltdHonda CBR1000RR2’04.2596.249

Source: WSBK

  • Cpt.Slow

    I don’t have the rule book committed to memory but the i4’s have had their way with the championship and twins have been very affected by the extra weight (combined with the induction restriction). When will WSBK/FIM lift the weight penalty?

  • the lawyer

    I hate the fake headlights on the Kawi’s.

  • Cpt. Slow, probably around the same time they lift the extra displacement advantage.

  • Cpt.Slow

    An advantage it would be if we were talking about a four cylinder.