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:

196J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’35.435
265J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’35.6090.174
319B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’35.6310.196
484M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’35.8110.376
567S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’36.2240.789
641N. HagaDucati 1098R1’36.2770.842
77C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’36.5371.102
89R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’36.8841.449
Out after Superpole 2
93M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’36.4390.382
1091L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’36.5100.453
1110F. NietoSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’36.5100.453
1256S. NakanoAprilia RSV4 Factory1’36.6820.625
1371Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’36.9160.859
1466T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’36.9780.921
1511T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’36.9940.937
1657L. LanziDucati 1098R1’37.2091.152
Out after Superpole 1
1736G. LavillaDucati 1098R1’37.2661.212
18111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’37.3001.246
1923B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’37.3611.307
202J. HackingKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.5582.504