WSBK: “Wet” Superpole Leaves Top Riders Out to Dry During Qualifying at Misano

06/09/2012 @ 6:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

With the rain pouring right before World Superbike’s Superpole event at Misano, Race Direction at the Italian track called the session “wet” — thus reducing the knock-out style qualifying session from three rounds to only two. With the track drying rapidly though, the wet session looked a lot like a dry one, sans for some early-on damp patches along the racing line.

Tipping the balance just enough, the two-round dry qualifying found some top riders biding their time too long in the pits, which proved to have disastrous effects on their grid positions for Sunday’s double-header race.

Getting the best of Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, and Carlos Checa, three out of five of World Superbike’s top points leaders in the Championship failed to move on to the second qualifying group. They will thus start from the third row, or farther, back on the grid — the most notable of which being Checa who will start 16th on Sunday.

As if things couldn’t get more interesting, Tom Sykes showed remarkable speed as he grabbed another Superpole, and almost set a new lap record for qualifying at the Italian track in the process. The Kawasaki Racing rider was over half a second faster than Johnny Rea, who will start from second on the grid, followed by the unusual pairing of Ayrton Badovini and Davide Giugliano.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Misano, Italy:

1Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’35.375
2Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’35.9910.616
3Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’36.0830.708
4Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’36.1470.772
5Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R1’36.1830.808
6Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’36.2830.908
7Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’36.3650.990
8Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’36.5591.184
9Matteo BaioccoBarni Racing Team ItaliaDucati 1098R1’37.5092.134
10Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’37.6862.311
11Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’37.7042.329
12Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’37.7962.421
13Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’37.8062.431
14Leon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’37.9852.610
15Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R1’38.0782.703
16Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’38.9773.602
17Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’36.9341.559
18John HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’37.1681.793
19Niccoló CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R1’37.2021.827
20Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’37.2501.875
21Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1’37.3121.937
22David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’37.6882.313
23Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’38.6743.299
24Federico SandiGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR1’40.2514.876

Source: WSBK

  • Damo

    If Tommy Sykes and the Kawasaki Team could get that rear tire management under control, the dude would be unstoppable!

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  • Gutterslob

    I don’t care what the Italians or bike press say. That Kawasaki ZX-10R is the best looking bike on the grid, by a country mile!!

    …and I agree with Damo. Keep the tyre deg low and Sykes would probably be on the podium every single race.