Portimao World Superbike Times - Day 3 - Byrne Blitzes Superpole And Overall Times

Shane Byrne was once again the fastest rider in the first running of the new Superpole format for World Superbikes, which takes the form of Formula 1-style "knock out" qualifying: Three sessions of 12 minutes, with a cut down to the 16 fastest to start the second session, and down to 8 to start the final session. Rain disrupted the second session, upsetting proceedings a little and showing that the new procedure can catch people out in qualifying, just as the old procedure did.  

1. Byrne S. GBR Ducati 1098R 1'43.874
2. Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.965
3. Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.144
4. Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 1'44.157
5. Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.217
6. Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1'44.261
7. Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'44.586
8. Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1'47.057
9. Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.387
10. Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 1'52.340
11. Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1'56.553
12. Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 1'56.643
13. Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.119
14. Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1'45.182
15. Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.624
16. Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.931
17. Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.181
18. Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.260
19. Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 1'46.849
20. Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1'46.897

 

Overall best times from the three day session, all of which were set on Saturday:

 

1 67 Byrne S. GBR Ducati 1098R 1 '43.294
2 19 Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 1 '43.484
3 41 Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 1 '43.487
4 66 Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1 '43.546
5 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1 '43.657
6 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1 '43.674
7 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1 '43.767
8 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 1 '43.951
9 65 Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 '44.115
10 91 Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 '44.170
11 11 Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1 '44.261
12 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1 '44.425
13 55 Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1 '44.546
14 9 Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1 '44.610
15 23 Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 '44.704
16 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 1 '45.108
17 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1 '45.179
18 3 Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 1 '45.199
19 24 Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1 '45.278
20 25 Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 '45.393
21 100 Tamada M. JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 '45.446
22 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1 '45.672
23 33 Hill T. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 '45.679
24 99 Scassa L. ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 '45.820
25 111 Xaus R. ESP BMW S1000 RR 1 '46.128
26 44 Rolfo R. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1 '46.916
27 77 Iannuzzo V. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1 '46.971

Fastest lap during the race in November 2008: Troy Bayliss - 1'43.787 

 

Comments

Superpole

It appears some of the times are out of sequence. As an example, Spies lap was 3rd quickest, yet he is well down the order. Does that mean he was 'caught out' as you suggested?

Total votes: 38

The confusing thing about superpole

The confusing thing about the times for superpole is that they give the best time set for the whole session. Whereas what happens is that after the first session, the 16 fastest riders in that session go through; then during the second session, the 8 riders who set the fastest time in the second session go through; and those 8 riders battle it out for pole in the final session. The time set in the final session is used to sort out the front two rows, from 9 - 16 it's based on the best time set in the second session, and the best time in the first session for the rest of the grid.

Spies got caught out by the rain in the 2nd session, and so couldn't set a fast lap. But the listing shows the best time he set during the first session, as that was his best time of the entire superpole.

Total votes: 46

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