2009 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Results - Updated

Results of the three Superpole sessions, as they happen.

Superpole 1

Johnny Rea was fast early, as was Max Biaggi. Ben Spies went out for a fast lap a little later, and immediately took 3rd. Noriyuki Haga, meanwhile, was 10th fastest, but three tenths slower than Spies. Sylvain Guintoli put in a couple of fantastic laps at the end to take 4th.

Out after Superpole 1: Mathieu Lagrive,  Broc Parkes, Ruben Xaus, Luca Scassa 

Results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.056  
2 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.469 0.413
3 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.532 0.476
4 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'43.610 0.554
5 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.658 0.602
6 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.723 0.667
7 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'43.727 0.671
8 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.730 0.674
9 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.759 0.703
10 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.815 0.759
11 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.838 0.782
12 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1'43.958 0.902
13 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'44.084 1.028
14 15 M. Baiocco Ducati 1098R 1'44.156 1.100
15 100 M. Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.355 1.299
16 22 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.439 1.383
Out after Superpole 1
17 14 M. Lagrive Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.453 1.397
18 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.458 1.402
19 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.483 1.427
20 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.851 1.795

 

Superpole 2

Johnny Rea was the first to set a fast time, but his new lap record lasted just a few seconds, before Ben Spies took it away from him. Max Biaggi dived up into 3rd in the dying seconds of the session, taking the position from Shane Byrne. Noriyuki Haga struggled throughout the session, going out on his second bike with barely enough time to get in another hot lap. He made the lap, but could only improve to 9th, and was bumped down to 10th after Troy Corser put in a fast final lap.

Out after Superpole 2: Jakub Smrz, Noriyuki Haga,  Sylvain Guintoli, Carlos Checa, Leon Camier, Yukio Kagayama, Makoto Tamada, Matteo Baiocco

Results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
  19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.568  
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.719 0.151
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.956 0.388
4 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'43.019 0.451
5 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1'43.019 0.451
6 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'43.162 0.594
7 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.182 0.614
8 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.220 0.652
Out after Superpole 2
9 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'43.240 0.672
10 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.377 0.809
11 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.406 0.838
12 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.461 0.893
13 22 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.671 1.103
14 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.717 1.149
15 100 M. Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.050 1.482
16 15 M. Baiocco Ducati 1098R 1'45.439 2.871
Out after Superpole 1
17 14 M. Lagrive Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.453 1.397
18 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.458 1.402
19 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.483 1.427
20 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.851 1.795

 

Superpole 3

Fonsi Nieto was the first rider to set a time, but was nudged off the top spot by Michel Fabrizio, with Johnny Rea and Shane Byrne interposing themselves as well. Spies Went out for a fast lap but was straight back in again, unhappy with the used tire on the back of his Yamaha R1. Johnny Rea was the next rider to take a shot at pole, but the Ulsterman ran across Fonsi Nieto on the tricky final section of the lap, and lost all of his advantage. 

In the last 3 minutes of the session, Ben Spies went back out on his final qualifier, taking pole with his first fast lap of the session. Fabrizio had used up all his qualifiers by that time, and was left sitting in the pits, Shane Byrne adding to his misfortune by bumping Fabrizio out of 2nd. Johnny Rea looked like pushing Fabrizio out of 3rd and into 4th, but a big slide in the final downhill corner lost him too much time.

Spies takes the final pole position, and will be feeling very comfortable. The Texan starts from the front of the grid, while his rival for the title Noriyuki Haga will start from 10th, and the 3rd row of the grid.

Final grid results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.412  
2 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'42.996 0.584
3 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.015 0.603
4 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.126 0.714
5 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.523 1.111
6 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.526 1.114
7 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1'43.553 1.141
8 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'44.719 2.307
Out after Superpole 2
9 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'43.240 0.672
10 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.377 0.809
11 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.406 0.838
12 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.461 0.893
13 22 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.671 1.103
14 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.717 1.149
15 100 M. Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.050 1.482
16 15 M. Baiocco Ducati 1098R 1'45.439 2.871
Out after Superpole 1
17 14 M. Lagrive Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.453 1.397
18 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.458 1.402
19 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.483 1.427
20 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.851 1.795
Round Number: 
14
2009
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Comments

Nice first Superpole for Guintoli! To snatch fourth in Superpole 1 (even if he did get demoted to fifth) shows promise. And even in Superpole 2, he went out ahead of WSB regulars Tamada, Kagayama, and Checa. First time on a new bike, at a new track, and he is just one place behind the points leader? Not to shabby, Sylvain.

If Spies can keep that pace up, it's over. But Rea may yet be spoiler. Watch out for him next year, he's been at the top for almost the entire second half of the season!

Does anyone else think that Xaus just isn't cut out for the BMW? He may be a one-make rider (Ducati).

I think Xaus is showing good speed. The bike just isn't much good yet. Corser has been able to throw a lap down occasionally, but that's about it. Next season I think Xaus runs much better. Hopefully Corser can continue to develop the bike.

to Spies! But this is far from over! Spies has put himself in the best possible position to control the pace though. A skill he has mastered. Haga has it all to do though. He has 8 hungry young riders between himself and Ben. Any of whom could inflict damage at any moment, as this season has shown on more than one occasion. Hope for two clean races.

Its pretty hard to win from the 3rd row in that league. Not even Mr. Fabulous can help him back there. Ben better not have any equipment issues. If Haga gets a 4th, how low can Spes finish and still win?

There's a piece I wrote covering some of this here. But here's the run down: If Haga finishes 4th and Spies DNFs (Fabrizio torpedo?), Haga would have a 23 point lead, and Spies would need Haga to DNF in race 2. If Haga finishes 4th in both races, then Spies needs a 2nd and a 3rd (ten extra points). But we won't really know what it's going to take until the end of Race 1.

from the 3rd row many times. it's not over by any means.

one has to wonder about the 4 guys behind ben. although they are aware of the championship, you have to think that they are all quite hungry for a win or a good result. all of them want to beat ben before he leaves as atm, he's "the man". some of them have been known to make some questionable choices on the track.
here's hoping for a close, but clean race.

personally, i wouldn't be disappointed if either ben or haga won. i like them both!

My fingers crossed for Yamaha and Ben, i hope his machine performs as needed, I would really like for Ben to win the tittle.
FernandoARG