2009 WSS Valencia Qualifying Results

Going into the qualifying practice session for the World Supersport class, the outcome seemed like a foregone conclusion. In both free practice sessions, local hero Joan Lascorz had ripped up the timesheets, far and away the fastest rider at the track. And at the start of qualifying, this pattern looked like being repeated, with the Motocard Kawasaki man taking the lead from the off. And as the session progressed, Lascorz kept chipping away, extending his lead over the chasing pack.

The pole looked to be in the bag, but Lascorz hadn't counted on the wiles of Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow. In the dying minutes of the session, the Briton put in two blistering laps to smash Lascorz' pole record from 2008, and take pole for himself, with an exceptional lap of 1'35.865, pushing Lascorz down to 2nd on the grid. But as has been the case all weekend, Crutchlow and Lascorz have been a cut above the rest of the field, with third place man Ant West nearly 8/10ths behind Lascorz on the Stiggy Honda. Lascorz' Motocard Kawasaki team mate Katsuaki Fujiwara completes the front row of the grid.

The session was a troubled one for several riders, with Andrew Pitt, Eugene Laverty, Matej Smrz, Joan Lascorz and Doni Tata Pradita all crashing out, Pitt managing to do so three times. The time lost to crash damage left Pitt down in 9th, heading up the third row of the grid, two places ahead of his Ten Kate team mate Kenan Sofuoglu. Clearly, Ten Kate is still having teething problems with the 2009 CBR600RR. Winner of the last race Laverty, meanwhile, will start from 13th.

Full results of the qualifying practice session for the World Supersport round at Valencia:

135C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R61'35.865 19
226J. LascorzESPKawasaki ZX-6R1'36.0330.16817
313A. WestAUSHonda CBR600RR1'36.6640.79920
421K. FujiwaraJPNKawasaki ZX-6R1'36.7540.88916
551M. PirroITAYamaha YZF R61'36.8120.94720
68M. AitchisonAUSHonda CBR600RR1'36.9101.04520
714M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR600RR1'36.9181.05319
899F. ForetFRAYamaha YZF R61'37.0131.14815
91A. PittAUSHonda CBR600RR1'37.0631.19816
10127R. HarmsDENHonda CBR600RR1'37.1881.32318
1154K. SofuogluTURHonda CBR600RR1'37.2201.35519
1277B. VenemanNEDSuzuki GSX-R6001'37.2901.42520
1350E. LavertyIRLHonda CBR600RR1'37.4031.53815
1455M. RoccoliITAHonda CBR600RR1'37.4571.59219
1569G. NannelliITATriumph Daytona 6751'37.6671.80216
16105G. VizzielloITAHonda CBR600RR1'37.7021.83719
1724G. McCoyAUSTriumph Daytona 6751'37.7441.87918
185T. PraditaINAYamaha YZF R61'37.8662.00121
19117M. PraiaPORHonda CBR600RR1'37.9842.11920
2083R. HollandAUSHonda CBR600RR1'38.2442.37917
2130J. GuntherGERHonda CBR600RR1'38.2452.38020
229D. Dell'OmoITAHonda CBR600RR1'38.3342.46920
237P. VostarekCZEHonda CBR600RR1'38.5122.64720
2428A. VosNEDHonda CBR600RR1'38.5812.71618
2596M. SmrzCZETriumph Daytona 6751'38.7682.90312
2632F. LaiITAHonda CBR600RR1'38.9353.07021
2788Y. GuerraESPYamaha YZF R61'39.8263.96120
2878S. GeronimiAUSSuzuki GSX-R6001'42.0256.16020


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I was just saying about Lascorz doing a 35.9 before, and now Crutchlow does a 35.8 to take pole. The times most likely get you into the superbike race.