WSBK: Superpole from Phillip Island – Motorcycling Racing is Back in Action Down Under

02/27/2010 @ 2:00 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

The World Superbike Championship has returned to us, helping fill the winter snow & rain blues. Coming to us this weekend from Phillip Island, Australia, WSBK shows some new faces in the Superpole mix now that Ben Spies has left World Superbike for greener pastures. With the weather holding out, Superpole at PI had some surprising results, and some not so surprising results. Click past the break to get the low down.

Leon Haslam will lead the pack this Sunday, taking his first Superpole victory ever. After the Ducati dominance earlier in the week, we see only one member from Rosso Corsa making the front of the grid: Michel Fabrizio.

Noticeably absent is Noriyuki Haga, who has been struggling all week. Haga will start from the 10th position, which is a bit of a change for last year’s runner-up. Haga won’t be alone though, as 2009’s 4th place finisher, Max Biaggi, will start behind Haga in the 11th position. Biaggi’s Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 has been suffering from tire/suspension issues, which always seem to throw the Italian off his mark.

Another surprise was James Toseland, who while navigating his way to the final round of the Superpole qualifying event, did so on qualifying tires. This meant the British rider had to compete in the third round on race tires, which put him at an obvious disadvantage. As such, he’ll start 8th and hope to pick up positions on Sunday.

With a plethora of riders having something to prove tomorrow, all eyes will be watching for an early indication of how the 2010 World Superbike season will play out. Stay tuned race fans.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Phillip Island, Australia:

191L. HaslamSuzuki GSX-R10001’31.2290.000
284M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’31.2450.0160.016
335C. CrutchlowYamaha YZF R11’31.6420.4130.397
47C. ChecaDucati 1098R1’31.6710.4420.029
550S. GuintoliSuzuki GSX-R10001’31.6960.4670.025
696J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’31.7570.5280.061
765J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’31.9120.6830.155
852J. ToselandYamaha YZF R11’32.0190.7900.107
Out after Superpole 2
957L. LanziDucati 1098R1’32.2050.9760.186
1041N. HagaDucati 1098R1’32.2291.0000.024
113M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 1000 F.1’32.2931.0640.064
1266T. SykesKawasaki ZX 10R1’32.3981.1690.105
1311T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’32.4301.2010.032
1477C. VermeulenKawasaki ZX 10R1’32.5611.3320.131
15111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’32.8421.6130.281
162L. CamierAprilia RSV4 1000 F.1’32.8951.6660.053
Out after Superpole 1
1776M. NeukirchnerHonda CBR1000RR1’32.7821.553-0.113
1867S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’32.8231.5940.041
1988A. PittBMW S1000 RR1’33.2071.9780.384
20123R. ReschBMW S1000 RR1’33.3902.1610.183
Did not qualify for Superpole
2125J. BrookesHonda CBR1000RR1’33.9012.6720.511
2231V. IannuzzoHonda CBR1000RR1’34.2483.0190.347
2315M. BaioccoKawasaki ZX 10R1’35.2974.0681.049
2495R. HaydenKawasaki ZX 10R1’35.6144.3850.317