WSBK: Strong Superpole Results in Germany Show the Season Ain’t Over Yet

09/05/2009 @ 5:48 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


World Superbike action returns from its summer hiatus, and comes to you this weekend from the Nürburgring in Germany. With Ben Spies only 7 points behind the injured Noriyuki Haga, it appeared the American would take the Championship lead this weekend with little effort, as Haga would not be able to push himself to compete with the Texan. Nitro Nori would appear to have some gas still in his reserves, and has proven thus far that he won’t give up his lead without a fight.

In Superpole 1, it was Johnny Rea who set the fastest time of the session, that was of course until Noriyuki Haga rode onto the asphalt in the latter half of the session. With his commanding ride, Haga sent the clear message that WSBK break had mended the Japanese rider back into his normal rocket self.

Superpole 2 proved to have more variety, as Johnny Rea took the early lead once again. He was quickly passed by Ben Spies, who in turn was surpassed by Haga. Troy Corser entered the fray, and posted the second fastest time of the session on his BMW S1000RR.

Corser wouldn’t be as lucky in Superpole 3 though, where the BMW finished 6th for the day. Early on, it was again Johnny Rea out in front, only to be subplanted by Noriyuki Haga in the final laps of the session. Ben Spies had a bubble during his run, which set him off the pace to catch the rest of the field, he’ll start from the 5th place position tomorrow. Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio also posted quick times, with the pair finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Nürburgring, Germany:

141N. HagaDucati 1098R1’55.489
265J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’55.7490.260
391L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’55.7760.287
484M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’55.9270.438
519B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’55.9380.449
611T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’56.2960.807
73M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’56.4400.951
87C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’56.6991.210
Out after Superpole 2
966T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’56.4060.575
1067S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’56.6630.832
1110F. NietoDucati 1098R1’56.6700.839
12100M. TamadaKawasaki ZX 10R1’56.6830.852
1371Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’56.9011.070
1496J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’57.0911.260
1523B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’57.0981.267
1614M. LagriveHonda CBR1000RR1’57.2931.462
Out after Superpole 1
1731K. MuggeridgeSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’57.5151.505
189R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’57.5221.512
19121J. HopkinsHonda CBR1000RR1’57.5231.513
2077V. IannuzzoHonda CBR1000RR1’59.2793.269