2013 Phillip Island World Superbike Superpole Results

This year, only 15 riders qualify for Superpole with three eliminated after the first of the three sessions. This is due to the switch to MotoGP-like three bike wide grids. There are three twelve minute sessions with three riders eliminated after each of the sessions with the last session determining the grid positions for the first three rows. As it was last year, each rider gets two Pirelli qualifying tyres to use across the three sessions.

Tom Sykes outright dominated qualification last year, but with a fractured wrist, it would be impressive if he were to carry on that record. He was quickest in the first session where Max Neukirchner, wildcard Jamie Stauffer and Ivan Clementi didn't qualify for the second session and will start from the fifth grid.

The second session was topped by Eugene Laverty ahead of Sykes, while Davide Giugliano, Loris Baz and Chaz Davies were eliminated from Superpole three. Leon Haslam very nearly missed out on qualifying but was able to sneak a fast lap in after the flag was out.

For a while, it looked like Sykes would grab another pole position, but Carlos Checa was able to get the Ducati Panigale pole position on its first outing. The Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Michel Fabrizio completed the first row ahead of Sykes, Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Leon Camier, Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea, who struggled with the qualifiers, were on the third row.


1. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati Panigale 1199 1'30.234
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.429
3. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.581
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.615
5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'30.615
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.683
7. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.991
8. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1'30.998
9. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.742
10. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31.283
11. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.576
12. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'31.870
13. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati Panigale 1199 1'32.010
14. Jamie Stauffer (Team Honda Racing) Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.353
15. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.773
16. Glen Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.352
17. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.402
18. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.487
19. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati Panigale 1199 1'32.540
20. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.898
21. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'33.082
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Are the WSBK bikes running the same distance as the MotoGP bikes? Does the new asphalt, however low friction it offers, responsible for the incredible time of Checa?
He would start 3rd in the last MotoGP race with a time like this, behind only Stoner and Lorenzo.
Is there something completely wrong with the prototypes? How castrated are they really? An article on the potential of those bikes without the numerous restrictions (mainly in fuelling) would be interesting.
Sad day for Nakamoto et al. Millions upon millions for much better hardware and software... to what end?

re: "Sad day for Nakamoto et al. Millions upon millions for much better hardware and software... to what end?"

world domination...? asimo computes what i'm talkin' 'bout. right now he's strategizing with this fellow terminators over encrypted data link. we won't know what hit us till it's over.

Why are the other Ducatis so far of the pace? Checa seems on top of his game still!

The supers have always been close at PI. The flowing nature not stop start make it very close.
Even the Aus super that are essentially super stock would qualify ahead of some of the gp bikes.

The new track surface would also have something to do with it. Let see come Oct.

re: "Why have they dominated so many times in WSBK, compared to their track record in MOTOGP?"

historically, honda and yamaha haven't thrown significant resources at WSBK. MotoGP otoh...? they're all in.