WSBK: Qualifying at Monza Provides Another Wet Superpole

05/05/2012 @ 4:15 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

Declared a wet session by Race Direction, Superpole at Monza brought an interesting change of events at the historic Italian track. With horsepower being the name of the game during dry conditions, all eyes were trained to see if the damp weather could be the great equalizer for the Ducati contingency hoped for.

With the horsepower of the BMW S1000RR’s creating 1-2-3 advantage during the provisional pole session that was lead by the BMW Italia of Michel Fabrizio, Carlos Checa and the rest of the Ducatis had to contend with significantly slower trap speeds down the main straight. Getting some help from the weather, that seemed all to change though Saturday afternoon at Monza.

Contending with variable conditions on the circuit, Sylvain Guintoli benefited from fitting a slick to his Ducati Superbike 1098R, and robbed Tom Sykes from another pole position. Sykes is still setup well for Sunday’s race though, coming with the distinction of being the fastest recorded bike ever in WSBK history, at 210+ mph. Strong all weekend, Marco Melandri will start third, while Carlos Checa will round out the front row with a surprising fourth. With five manufacturers in the Top 6, World Superbike continues to be anyone’s race.

“First pole for me and in difficult conditions! Unlike Tom and Marco I’m hoping for rain tomorrow, I’ll probably do a dance before the race,” joked Guintoli. “Today I had to take a lot of risks, I decided to go with the slick tyres and some corners were still wet, so it was quite dangerous and the last lap was very exciting. I thought Tom had enough watches now and I could do with one for my wife!”

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Monza, Italy:

1Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’54.276
2Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’54.990
3Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’55.971
4Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’56.793
5Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’57.630
6Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’58.666
7Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R1’59.718
8Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R2’00.645
Out After Superpole 1
9John HopkinsCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’59.489
10Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’59.680
11Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’59.681
12Leon CamierCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’59.845
13Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’59.978
14Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR2’00.093
15David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R2’00.602
16Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory2’01.772
Not Qualified for Superpole
17Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R1’44.203
18Niccolò CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R1’44.321
19Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’44.489
20Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’44.686
21Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’45.156
22Mark AitchisonGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR1’45.841
23Sergio GadeaKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’48.085
  • Rob Brown

    No mention of tyres smoking and shredding? I thought that had a significant influence on he whole Superpole outcome