While the MotoGP season kicks off this weekend, World Superbike is making its third stop of the 2010 season, this time at Valencia Spain. Winning his second Superpole of the season, Cal Crutchlow from Yamaha Sterilgarda put his Yamaha R1 into the #1 position. Followed by town favorite Carlos Checa (2nd) and Max Biaggi (3rd). The trio of riders have been very strong so far this year, which the same cannot be said for the factory-backed Xerox Ducati team. Both Haga (11th) and Fabrizio (10th) found themselves knocked out of qualifying after Superpole 2.

This story of failure is perhaps only over-shadowed by Crutchlow’s fairy-tale comeback this weekend. The young British rider only managed to provisionally qualify 15th going into the Superpole event, but clearly was able to make the best out the weekend.

“I think we surprised a few people today, I used the same tyres in the first qualification session today as I used yesterday, finishing in 15th but I wasn’t so worried. I knew if we could work through the stages we would be ok for the pole,” says Crutchlow.

This makes Valencia the second time the Briton has astounded WSBK fans with his surprising results. Whatever the reason, we’re certain about one thing, Crutchlow is hot right now. Will it mean a podium for the Yamaha? Only time will tell.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Valencia, Spain:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1’33.615
2 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1’33.840 0.225
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’33.860 0.245
4 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’33.961 0.346
5 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’34.059 0.444
6 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’34.073 0.458
7 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’34.235 0.620
8 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’34.261 0.646
Out after Superpole 2
9 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1’33.988 0.377
10 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’34.021 0.410
11 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’34.116 0.505
12 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’34.246 0.635
13 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’34.273 0.662
14 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’34.280 0.669
15 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1’34.730 1.119
16 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1’34.934 1.323
Out after Superpole 1
17 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’34.756 0.734
18 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’34.894 0.872
19 88 A. Pitt BMW S1000 RR 1’36.088 2.066
20 32 S. Morais Honda CBR1000RR
Did not qualify for Superpole
21 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.104 1.886
22 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.117 1.899
23 17 S. Andrews Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.329 2.111
24 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.524 2.306
25 123 R. Resch BMW S1000 RR 1’36.639 2.421