2009 World Superbikes Kyalami Superpole Results And Report

Results and brief report of Superpole qualifying for World Superbikes at Kyalami

Superpole 1:

Ben Spies was fastest in Superpole 1, just 0.050 ahead of Johnny Rea and Spies' Yamaha team mate Tom Sykes. Gregorio Lavilla just scraped through with a fast lap in the dying minutes.

Riders out: Broc Parkes, Luca Scassa, David Salom, Tommy Hill.

1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.809  
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.859 0.050
3 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.023 0.214
4 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.098 0.289
5 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'38.145 0.336
6 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.168 0.359
7 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.250 0.441
8 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'38.309 0.500
9 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.351 0.542
10 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'38.407 0.598
11 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'38.417 0.608
12 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.446 0.637
13 132 S. Morais Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.477 0.668
14 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'38.579 0.770
15 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'38.617 0.808
16 36 G. Lavilla Ducati 1098R 1'38.741 0.932
Out after Superpole 1
17 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.766 0.957
18 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.779 0.970
19 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.880 1.071
20 33 T. Hill Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.001 1.192

Superpole 2:

Ben Spies took the fastest time again, ahead of Michel Fabrizio, who almost beat Spies' time, but came up short in the final section. Noriyuki Haga just squeezed into the final 8 in the last few minutes. Leon Haslam looked like making it through into Superpole 3, but ran wide in the final section, and missed out on the front two rows.

Riders out after Superpole 2: Shinya Nakano, Leon Haslam, Sheridan Morais, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Yukio Kagayama, Shane Byrne, Ruben Xaus, Gregorio Lavilla.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.423  
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'37.642 0.219
3 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.650 0.227
4 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.650 0.227
5 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'37.802 0.379
6 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.840 0.417
7 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.908 0.485
8 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'37.918 0.495
Out after Superpole 2
9 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.935 0.512
10 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.988 0.565
11 132 S. Morais Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.013 0.590
12 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.081 0.658
13 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'38.130 0.707
14 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'38.171 0.748
15 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'38.194 0.771
16 36 G. Lavilla Ducati 1098R 1'38.733 1.310
17 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R    
18 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R    
19 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R    
20 33 T. Hill Honda CBR1000RR    

Superpole 3:

Ben Spies made it 6 pole positions in a row, equaling the record set by Doug Polen back in 1991, but it was as close as it could possibly be. Spies led from his first fast lap with a time of 1'37.366, but as the final seconds ticked away, Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio snatched pole with a blistering 1'37.289. Fabrizio's joy was to be very short lived, as just seconds later, Ben Spies crossed the line on his Sterilgarda-sponsored Yamaha to take pole with a time of 1'37.288 - a difference of just one thousandth of a second.

Max Biaggi crossed the line shortly after Ben Spies to take the 3rd fastest time, demoting Noriyuki Haga to 4th position, and the last spot on the front row of the grid.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.288  
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'37.289 0.001
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.466 0.178
4 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'37.544 0.256
5 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.634 0.346
6 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'37.677 0.389
7 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.940 0.652
8 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.241 0.953
Out after Superpole 2
9 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.935  
10 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.988  
11 132 S. Morais Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.013  
12 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.081  
13 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'38.130  
14 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'38.171  
15 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'38.194  
16 36 G. Lavilla Ducati 1098R 1'38.733  
Out after Superpole 1
17 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.766  
18 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.779  
19 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.880  
20 33 T. Hill Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.001  

 

Round Number: 
6
2009
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Comments

WOW! I would've loved to have seen those last few seconds between Fabrizio and Spies... one thousandth apart, and it should make for a great race weekend!

It really, really must be anoying to race Spies, I mean 0.001, geeeeez :D

To ideum, it seems the wsbk website has just been updated so its again possible to watch all the old races, interviews, qual-seesions and so on. I'm not sure when they put todays ongoings online, but give it a try at http://www.worldsbk.com/en/sbk-tv.html