WSBK: Superpole Results from Misano

06/20/2009 @ 6:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


World Superbike this year has not lacked for worthy moments during racing, but the Superpole event is starting to become a drama in its own right that helps wet our appetites for Sunday’s racing. Every race Saturday, riders gamble on when to make use of their qualifiers, and each round of the Superpole is filled with strategy and intrigue. Misano would be no different.

Ben Spies found himself, for the first time, not the winner of a Superpole at WSBK, after the young American misjudged his timing, and finished his last lap after the checkered flag had already been waived. Thus, Spies would not be able to get more hot-lap in for the Gipper, and solidify his eighth Superpole victory.

With over 3/10ths of a second between him and the Superpole winner, there was nothing Spies could do about it, except agree with the spats of rain that had been drizzling the track off-and-on in their own form of protest to the day’s events.

The mistake, however, would mean two other riders would get a chance to shine in a sunlight of their own. Jakub Smrz and Johnny Rea would take the 1 and 2 spots, respectively, as Fabrizio and Haga took 4th and 6th place positions, respectively.

Tomorrow Spies will get two opportunities for redemption, and if today is any indication he could also have a chance to make-up some needed points in the WSBK Championship.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Misano, Italy:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’35.435
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.609 0.174
3 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.631 0.196
4 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’35.811 0.376
5 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’36.224 0.789
6 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’36.277 0.842
7 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.537 1.102
8 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.884 1.449
Out after Superpole 2
9 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’36.439 0.382
10 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.510 0.453
11 10 F. Nieto Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’36.510 0.453
12 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’36.682 0.625
13 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’36.916 0.859
14 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1’36.978 0.921
15 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’36.994 0.937
16 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’37.209 1.152
Out after Superpole 1
17 36 G. Lavilla Ducati 1098R 1’37.266 1.212
18 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’37.300 1.246
19 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’37.361 1.307
20 2 J. Hacking Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’38.558 2.504