Max Neukirchner was fastest in Superpole 1, finishing ahead of Ben Spies and Michel Fabrizio. Leon Haslam was the surprise loser, being ruled out of Superpole early, despite having been on the podium in Assen.
Riders out: Leon Haslam, Luca Scassa, Karl Muggeridge and Jakub Smrz.
Yukio Kagayama smashed the lap record early, only for Michel Fabrizio to take it from him. Nori Haga looked like being knocked out, before putting in a blinding lap, close to the lap record to make it a Xerox Ducati one-two. Max Biaggi had a crash early on, but had already set a lap fast enough to get through. To
Riders out: Carlos Checa, Tom Sykes, Troy Corser, Regis Laconi, Broc Parkes, Ruben Xaus, Shane Byrne, Shinya Nakano.
Ben Spies took his fifth straight pole of the season at Monza during Superpole, continuing an amazing run of qualifying form from the Texan rookie. What made his performance even more impressive is that the American only needed a single qualifying tire to do so. Johnny Rea was the first rider to put in a fast lap, but his time would not stand for long. With less than half of the session gone, Ryuichi Kiyonari took provisional pole, smashing Troy Bayliss previous pole record by a quarter of a second, with a lap of 1'44.642.
Kiyo's pole record would not last long: Less than a minute later, Ben Spies streaked across the line in an astonishing time of 1'44.073, over 8/10ths quicker than Bayliss' previous record. Spies fast time upset the plans which Michel Fabrizio had for domination, the Italian crossing the line just a few seconds later with a time of 1'44.270.
Max Neukirchner takes the final place on the front row of the grid, while Noriyuki Haga could do no better than 5th fastest, putting the Japanese Ducati rider at the head of the second row. Haga starts ahead of Johnny Rea, Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama.
Results of Superpole:
|1||19||B. Spies||Yamaha YZF R1||1'44.073|
|2||84||M. Fabrizio||Ducati 1098R||1'44.270||0.197|
|3||9||R. Kiyonari||Honda CBR1000RR||1'44.642||0.569|
|4||76||M. Neukirchner||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'44.900||0.827|
|5||41||N. Haga||Ducati 1098R||1'45.096||1.023|
|6||65||J. Rea||Honda CBR1000RR||1'45.170||1.097|
|7||3||M. Biaggi||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'45.605||1.532|
|8||71||Y. Kagayama||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'45.861||1.788|
|Out after Superpole 2 (deficit to fastest time in session 2)|
|9||7||C. Checa||Honda CBR1000RR||1'45.166||0.323|
|10||66||T. Sykes||Yamaha YZF R1||1'45.383||0.540|
|11||11||T. Corser||BMW S1000 RR||1'45.543||0.700|
|12||55||R. Laconi||Ducati 1098R||1'45.663||0.820|
|13||23||B. Parkes||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'46.368||1.525|
|14||111||R. Xaus||BMW S1000 RR||1'46.571||1.728|
|15||67||S. Byrne||Ducati 1098R||1'46.593||1.750|
|16||56||S. Nakano||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'46.928||2.085|
|Out after Superpole 1 (deficit to fastest time in session 1)|
|17||91||L. Haslam||Honda CBR1000RR||1'46.250||1.265|
|18||99||L. Scassa||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'46.372||1.387|
|19||31||K. Muggeridge||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'46.407||1.422|
|20||96||J. Smrz||Ducati 1098R||1'46.522||1.537|