WSBK: Dry Conditions Prevail for Cold Qualifying at MMP

05/28/2012 @ 7:12 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

WSBK: Dry Conditions Prevail for Cold Qualifying at MMP Leon Haslam flat tire Miller Motorsports Park 635x423

Encircled by the gorgeous Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges, Miller Motorsports Park has some of the most dramatic backdrops out of all the World Superbike venues, though coupled with the track’s 4,000+ foot elevation, the weather can be wet and cold at times. Such words were probably an understatement for the conditions on Sunday, as frigid temperatures and rain prevailed in the day’s earlier sessions. Realizing that some Superpole qualifying was scheduled for later though, the weather gods appeased the American crowd, who had been braving the conditions, and quickly dried the track for World Superbike qualifying.

Down on power at the very fast track, the Ducatis of Smrz and Checa surprised everyone with their dominance on the time sheets. Of course, Tom Sykes could not be counted out from the qualifying fun, as the Englishman has taken four of the past five pole positions. One of only two stops on the WSBK calendar that is outside of Europe, American fans were treated on this Memorial Day weekend to some fine qualifying, which included some upsets. Results after the jump.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park, USA:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R1’47.626-
2Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’47.8100.184
3Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’48.0620.436
4Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’48.2200.594
5Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’48.5630.937
6Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’48.5680.942
7Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’48.7941.168
8Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’48.3540.728
Out After Superpole 2
9Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’48.4220.796
10Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’48.5660.94
11Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1’48.6691.043
12Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R1’49.9292.303
Out After Superpole 1
13Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’49.5521.926
14Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’49.7502.124
15Niccoló CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R1’49.8182.192
16John HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’49.9662.340
Not Qualified for Superpole
17Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’50.4242.798
18Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’50.4272.801
19David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’50.5042.878
20Leon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’50.5202.894
21Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’50.9633.337
22Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’51.8434.217
23Jake HoldenGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR1’52.1084.482
24Shane TurpinBoulder Motor SportsDucati 1098R1’54.3996.773

Source: WSBK; Photo: © 2012 Rick Grayston – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. DWolvin says:

    Missed the race, but what’s going on in the lead photo? Flat tire, or is he landing a hollywood jump?

  2. Racing is today. Haslam had a flat during Superpole.

  3. DWolvin says:

    Ah- thanks! I had a bunch of technical training dumped on me for this weekend, and am a day off in my head. Going to check times now!