2009 WSBK Valencia QP2 Result - Spies Edges Laconi For Provisional Pole

Ben Spies confirmed his form by taking provisional pole position at Valencia this morning, putting him in prime position for Superpole this afternoon. But Spies took top spot by just a fraction, Regis Laconi getting his DFX Corse Ducati to within 5/1000ths of a second of Spies' Yamaha, and pushing Max Biaggi's Aprilia down to third.

The session was a difficult one for the Aprilias, with Shinya Nakano's Aprilia blowing a seal and spewing oil all over the track, causing the session to be red flagged briefly to clean it up. Even worse for Nakano, the oil on his back tire caused the Japanese rider to highside nastily, breaking his left collarbone in the process and ruling him out of the rest of the weekend. Biaggi fared little better, being sidelined twice with technical problems.

The BMWs, on the other hand, showed some signs of improving, Troy Corser jumping up to 6th place in the standings, ahead of Ducati's Noriyuki Haga, who was unable to improve his time from yesterday. 

The problem is that the times are so close that a couple of hundredths can move riders up or down the standings several places. Team Pedercini's David Salom is the first rider to be over a second behind Spies' time, but this leaves him down in 21st place, and out of Superpole. Series newcomer John Hopkins is just 0.847 off Spies, and has only just scraped into Superpole. But on a new bike and new tires, and after having ridden the bike for little more than an hour before arriving at Valencia, that's not bad going, especially as he is just over 1/10th behind his team mate Leon Haslam.

The final grid positions will be determined by this afternoon's Superpole session, scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Aggregate World Superbike result after QP2:

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R11'34.709 35
255R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R1'34.7140.00543
33M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory1'34.7750.06643
484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R1'34.8170.10842
571Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'34.8390.13040
611T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1'34.8510.14241
741N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1'34.9080.19944
89R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1'34.9390.23044
976M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'34.9550.24645
1023B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R1'34.9680.25940
1124B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R1'34.9970.28846
1296J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R1'35.0510.34246
1365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'35.1170.40841
147C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR1'35.1390.43040
1567S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R1'35.2360.52740
1666T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11'35.2700.56131
17111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR1'35.4160.70736
1856S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory1'35.4160.70724
1991L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'35.4370.72840
20121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR1'35.5560.84736
2125D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1'35.7181.00941
2233T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'35.8901.18145
2331K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'35.9091.20036
24100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.0301.32142
2599L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.1191.41048
2694D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11'36.5811.87242
2786A. BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.7452.03640
2877V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR1'36.8132.10439
2915M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.8262.11739
3088R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'37.8203.11125


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Great coverage this weekend. Thanks. Am hoping Shakey can step it up a couple tenths. Good on Regis. He's been reborn!