Below are the results of the three Superpole sessions:
Tommy Hill, Brendan Roberts, Shinya Nakano and Ruben Xaus knocked out. Mr Superpole Troy Corser put a qualifier on and took second spot, while Biaggi got two laps out of his qualifier to take third. Max Neukirchner was fastest, setting a time of 1'37.946, some 4/10ths of a second faster than Troy Bayliss' existing superpole record from 2008.
Yukio Kagayama, Max Biaggi, Johnny Rea, Regis Laconi, Karl Muggeridge, Shane Byrne, Troy Corser and Ryuichi Kiyonari were knocked out. Kagayama was out despite having a time fast enough to have broken Troy Bayliss' pole record from last year. Johnny Rea had a bad start to the session, a technical problem leaving him stranded, but luckily not far from the pits.
Ben Spies was once again fastest, with a lap of 1'37.715, 6/10ths under the pole record. Jakub Smrz confirmed his talent by setting the 2nd fastest time, while Max Neukirchner was third quickest.
Ben Spies took his fourth pole position in a row, smashing the existing pole record by 7/10ths of a second. The American rookie put in two astonishing laps in a row, hitting 1'37.6 on both of them. This performance was good enough to secure Spies his fourth pole in a row, achieving a feat no one has ever done before in World Superbikes, and earning him the soubriquet of The New Mr Superpole.
But Spies had his work cut out for him, as a storming Jakub Smrz had pressed his Guandalini Ducati to a time of 1'37.765, after breaking into 1'37s on the previous lap. Smrz said afterwards that the team had made a lot of changes before the race, which he wasn't happy about, but his crew had done a great job to get the bike perfect for Superpole. Smrz has been fast in qualifying, but unable to hold onto that speed in the race. But Smrz added, "We made a lot of laps with a race tire, and also after a few laps the lap times were good. For now the bike is perfect in the way of race setup."
Third fastest was Leon Haslam on the Stiggy Racing Honda. The team suffered a serious blow on Friday, when John Hopkins dislocated his hip in a big crash, and Haslam was happy to be able to put that right. The British rider also thanked the fans for coming in their droves over to Holland to support him. "I saw a lot of British flags out there, so hopefully I can do them proud tomorrow."
Completing the front row is Noriyuki Haga. The Xerox Ducati star told the press conference that the team had been having problems with grip from the harder rear tire all weekend, and had still not completely solved the issue. But Haga was confident they would find solutions to the problem in the warm up tomorrow morning. "Sunny, rainy, we're ready for tomorrow," Haga said.
Full result of the three sessions of Superpole:
|Top 8 after Superpole 3|
|1||19||B. Spies||Yamaha YZF R1||1'37.626|
|2||96||J. Smrz||Ducati 1098R||1'37.765||0.139|
|3||91||L. Haslam||Honda CBR1000RR||1'38.072||0.446|
|4||41||N. Haga||Ducati 1098R||1'38.202||0.576|
|5||84||M. Fabrizio||Ducati 1098R||1'38.215||0.589|
|6||76||M. Neukirchner||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'38.353||0.727|
|7||7||C. Checa||Honda CBR1000RR||1'38.640||1.014|
|8||66||T. Sykes||Yamaha YZF R1||1'38.790||1.164|
|Out after Superpole 2|
|9||71||Y. Kagayama||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'38.288||0.573|
|10||3||M. Biaggi||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'38.441||0.726|
|11||65||J. Rea||Honda CBR1000RR||1'38.510||0.795|
|12||55||R. Laconi||Ducati 1098R||1'38.521||0.806|
|13||31||K. Muggeridge||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'38.802||1.087|
|14||67||S. Byrne||Ducati 1098R||1'38.811||1.096|
|15||11||T. Corser||BMW S1000 RR||1'38.906||1.191|
|16||9||R. Kiyonari||Honda CBR1000RR||1'39.079||1.364|
|Out after Superpole 1|
|17||33||T. Hill||Honda CBR1000RR||1'39.387||1.441|
|18||24||B. Roberts||Ducati 1098R||1'39.390||1.444|
|19||56||S. Nakano||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'39.569||1.623|
|20||111||R. Xaus||BMW S1000 RR||1'39.643||1.697|