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


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:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1’48.344  
2 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1’48.908 0.564
3 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.243 0.899
4 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’49.434 1.090
5 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’49.658 1.314
6 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’49.982 1.638
7 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’51.328 2.984
8 2 J. Hacking Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’51.438 3.094
Out after Superpole 2 (Ben Spies, 1’48.319)
9 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’49.516 1.197
10 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’49.528 1.209
11 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.541 1.222
12 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.765 1.446
13 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’50.114 1.795
14 10 F. Nieto Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’50.488 2.169
15 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’50.987 2.668
16 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’51.351 3.032
Out after Superpole 1 (Jamie Hacking, 1’49.216)
17 36 G. Lavilla Ducati 1098R 1’50.344 1.128
18 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’50.633 1.417
19 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’50.868 1.652
20 31 K. Muggeridge Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’51.004 1.788

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