WSBK: Magny-Cours Superpole

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World Superbike makes its way to France this weekend for its second to last stop of the season. With only 3 points separating Ben Spies from Noriyuki Haga’s lead in the Championship, Magny-Cours proves itself to be an important stop in a battle for the lead that seems unable to die. Both Haga and Spies will be looking to take a double here in France, and try to establish some breathing room over the other, before they head to Portimao.

Ben Spies has clogged our front-page as of late, and for good reason. The American has not only been making waves on the track, but has been the center of much speculation in both the WSBK and MotoGP paddocks. With his recent announcement to move into MotoGP, via the Monster Tech3 Yamaha Team, Spies seems to have only one thing left on his agenda: winning the 2009 World Superbike Championship.

Before Spies can begin his training for MotoGP, there’s just the simple matter of defeating Noriyuki Haga, who is looking for his first World Superbike crown as well. Haga, twice a WSBK Championship runner-up, is perhaps the only man in the paddock who wants victory more than Ben Spies. Spies isn’t going to make it easy for him though, and today has taken his 10th Superpole victory.

With his 10th Superpole in hand, Spies ties the record for pole positions in WSBK. Setting a course record in the process, Spies is now tied with Doug Polen, who reached 10 pole positions back in 1991.

Stay tuned for the races tomorrow, although Nitro Nori will be starting from the second row, you can almost count on another battle in France.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Magny-Cours, France:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1’37.709
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’38.191 0.482
3 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’38.196 0.487
4 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’38.235 0.526
5 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’38.365 0.656
6 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1’38.625 0.916
7 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1’38.670 0.961
8 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’39.114 1.405
Out after Superpole 2
9 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’38.831 0.715
10 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’38.844 0.728
11 31 K. Muggeridge Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’38.851 0.735
12 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1’38.924 0.808
13 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’39.148 1.032
14 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.361 1.245
15 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’39.444 1.328
16 22 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’39.703 1.587
Out after Superpole 1
17 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1’39.816 1.046
18 15 M. Baiocco Ducati 1098R 1’39.868 1.098
19 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’39.905 1.135
20 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’40.534 1.764