WSBK: Surprise Superpole Qualifying Excites Misano

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World Superbike hits Italy again this season, with WSBK stopping at Misano for its racing action. Sunday’s race should be a good one as there was a surprise result in Saturday’s Superpole qualifying event. Mixing it up on the front row is a glimpse of faces of old, some newcomers, and the usual suspects, which could sort itself out very interestingly in Sunday’s races. Find the full results after the jump.

During the Superpole, BMW took its 1st World Superbike pole position. Helping achieve this milestone for BMW was Troy Corser who his 43rd career pole position (coincidentally Corser’s 42nd pole was also at Misano for Corser…two years ago). The BMW rider looked in good form during the sessions and says his race setup should easily allow him to contend for the podium. Things seem to be picking up in the German camp, as they re-enter mainstream roadracing. With a strong showing on Sunday, they might make Aprilia eat their recent words about the 2010 BMW S1000RR.

Looking to prevent that from happening is Max Biaggi who will start from the 2nd spot on the grid. Biaggi has been on a bender in WSBK this season, and has established himself as the man to beat. Following the Aprilia is Michel Fabrizio on the Xerox Ducati. Fabrizio is showing that there’s still some life left in the factory Ducati squad, and with a strong showing could help prove that there’s no need for Ducati to go all-in with MotoGP racing instead.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Misano, Italy:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’35.001
2 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’35.502 0.501
3 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’35.680 0.679
4 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.683 0.682
5 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1’35.851 0.850
6 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’36.096 1.095
7 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’36.302 1.301
8 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1’36.607 1.606
Out after Superpole 2
9 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’36.093 0.323
10 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’36.170 0.400
11 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’36.200 0.430
12 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’36.204 0.434
13 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1’36.216 0.446
14 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’36.245 0.475
15 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’36.376 0.606
16 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.561 0.791
Out after Superpole 1
17 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.889 1.044
18 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.928 1.083
19 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1’37.574 1.729
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’37.986 2.141