Ben Spies lead 19 other riders to Superpole victory in Valencia today. While tactics were mixed, Max Biaggi and Tom Sykes were left behind after the first session, and will have to start from the 5th row tomorrow. Joining them will be Ruben Xaus, who crashed out on a fast lap before he had the chance to set a time good enough to qualify.


Spies set the fastest time in the second session with only a single fast lap. The one lap wonder was due to him running wide and off the track during his slowdown lap. The mistake forced Spies to abandon his bike and run back to the pits. Fortunately for the young American, the lap time was enough to maintain his position, and advance into the third and final Superpole session. Shakey Byrne also had a moment, crashing out while on a very fast lap, which had set the second fastest time at the first intermediate point. In his first Superpole ever, John Hopkins struggled with the qualifying format, and ended the day the 16th starting position on the grid for tomorrow. 

For the final Superpole session, Spies went out for a lap, then came straight back in again. Laconi made the early running, taking pole at the start of the session, while Nori Haga waited for the second half of the session to go out. Haga made a strong showing but couldn’t touch Laconi’s time. With just a couple of minutes in the session left, Ben Spies went again.

At the first sector, Spies was already a quarter of a second quicker than the rest of the field, and by the end of the lap, Spies had smashed Max Neukirchner’s lap record by over 0.6 seconds, to take his third straight pole in a row. Three poles from three attempts is a remarkable record, and with three wins out of four races, Ben Spies is looking virtually unstoppable.


Results From the 2009 World Superbike Valencia Superpole:

Pos. No. Name Bike Time
1 19 B. SPIES Yamaha YZF R1 1’33.270
2 55 R. LACONI Ducati 1098R 1’33.955
3 41 N. HAGA Ducati 1098R 1’34.082
4 84 M. FABRIZIO Ducati 1098R 1’34.259
5 71 Y. KAGAYAMA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’34.755
6 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’34.903
7 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.056
8 7 C. CHECA Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.346
9 9 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1’34.536
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1’34.655
11 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1’34.684
12 67 S. BYRNE Ducati 1098R 1’34.742
13 23 B. PARKES Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’34.823
14 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1’34.863
15 24 B. ROBERTS Ducati 1098R 1’35.082
16 121 J. HOPKINS Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.251
17 66 T. SYKES Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.203
18 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’35.204
19 111 R. XAUS BMW S1000 RR 1’35.806
20 56 S. NAKANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’35.416
21 25 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’35.718
22 33 T. HILL Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.890
23 31 K. MUGGERIDGE Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’35.909
24 100 M. TAMADA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.030
25 99 L. SCASSA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.119
26 94 D. CHECA Yamaha YZF R1 1’36.581
27 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.745
28 77 V. IANNUZZO Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.813
29 15 M. BAIOCCO Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.826
30 88 R. RESCH Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’37.820


Source: MotoGP Matters