WSBK: While Rossi Looks for the Ocho at Mugello, Spies Looks for the Septo at Miller

05/30/2009 @ 11:20 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off

WSBK: While Rossi Looks for the Ocho at Mugello, Spies Looks for the Septo at Miller ben spies wsbk miller motorsports park

World Superbike has landed on American soil with its first stop in the States: Miller Motorsports Park. The track based in Salt Lake City is playing host to WSBK for the second time in its history, and because of injuries a special contingency of American riders participated in the today’s events. With the AMA series sharing a stop at Miller, it should come as no surprise that one of “dem good old boys” was at the top of the Superpole podium.

Jamie Hacking lead the charge in the first round of Superpole qualifying, followed closely by Ben Spies, who is searching for his seventh Superpole in a row. The American duo set the tone for the rest of the day, and worked their way all the way into the final round.

In the second round of qualifying, Spies showed why he is the master of the Superpole, and quickly took matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Max Biaggi crashed his Aprilia RSV4 with 6 minutes to go in the session, before he could clock in a lap time. Right after he went down, he leapt onto a scooter and was rushed back to the pits, where he got on his spare bike out just in time to go out for another lap. Unfortunately for Biaggi, as he went out very light rain started, and he failed to improve his time from the previous round. It was at this point the weather in Salt Lake City started to play a factor into the Superpole competition.

In the third and last round of Superpole racing, Carlos Checa took an early lead, but it didn’t last long as Ben Spies dropped the hammer down with just 7 minutes to go, with a time of 1’48.344.

This would be the fastest time of the day, as Spies upped the ante just before the rain really began to fall at Miller. This meant that Ben was assured his his 7th Superpole in a row, taking the pole record from fellow American Doug Polen. Jamie Hacking couldn’t improve his position in the last round of qualifying, and will start from the 8th position on the grid.

Results from World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park Superpole:

PosNo.RiderBikeTimeDiff
119B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’48.344 
27C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’48.9080.564
39R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’49.2430.899
484M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’49.4341.090
596J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’49.6581.314
667S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’49.9821.638
723B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’51.3282.984
82J. HackingKawasaki ZX 10R1’51.4383.094
Out after Superpole 2 (Ben Spies, 1’48.319)
941N. HagaDucati 1098R1’49.5161.197
1056S. NakanoAprilia RSV4 Factory1’49.5281.209
1165J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’49.5411.222
1291L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’49.7651.446
1371Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’50.1141.795
1410F. NietoSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’50.4882.169
1599L. ScassaKawasaki ZX 10R1’50.9872.668
163M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’51.3513.032
Out after Superpole 1 (Jamie Hacking, 1’49.216)
1736G. LavillaDucati 1098R1’50.3441.128
1825D. SalomKawasaki ZX 10R1’50.6331.417
1957L. LanziDucati 1098R1’50.8681.652
2031K. MuggeridgeSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’51.0041.788

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