2010 Miller World Superbike Superpole: Updated

Results and summary of Superpole, as it happens:

Superpole 1

Tom Sykes was the first rider to be knocked out of superpole, after a huge highside in the first few minutes of the session. While Sykes was picking himself up out of the gravel, Althea's Carlos Checa took provisional pole with nearly 10 minutes to go, shattering the lap record with a time of 1'47.918. He was joined in the 1'47s by Max Biaggi, the Aprilia now fitted with gear-driven cams, but the bike plenty fast enough as it is. With 4 minutes of the session left, the top 13 were all sat in the pits, with the only men out on track those looking to ensure their spot in the next Superpole session. The sole exception was Biaggi, circulating at high speed, but not fast enough to improve his qualifying time.

Out after Superpole 1: Chris Vermeulen, Tom Sykes, Broc Parkes, Roger Lee Hayden

Results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'47.918  
2 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.974 0.056
3 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'48.326 0.408
4 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'48.514 0.596
5 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.554 0.636
6 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'48.556 0.638
7 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.558 0.640
8 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.587 0.669
9 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.598 0.680
10 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'48.634 0.716
11 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'48.691 0.773
12 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.701 0.783
13 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'48.734 0.816
14 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'48.781 0.863
15 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.813 0.895
16 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.858 0.940
Out after Superpole 1
17 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.635 1.717
18 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.135 2.217
19 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.479 2.561
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.596 2.678

Superpole 2

It was the Ducatis who made the early running once again, Carlos Checa getting the jump on Jakub Smrz, both men dipping into the 1'47s. Leon Haslam muscled in between Checa and Smrz with 5 minutes to go, with Shane Byrne and Max Biaggi not far behind. Meanwhile the list of victims was full of big names: both Sterilgarda Yamahas looked like being knocked out with 3 minutes to go, as did the 3rd-placed man in the championship, Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea. Crutchlow saved himself with a minute to go, leaping up to 4th, while Rea jumped up to 7th, but Toseland could not save himself, as did Michel Fabrizio. To cap the session, Max Biaggi put in one more blistering lap, smashing the pole record once again.

Out after Superpole 2:  Ruben Xaus, Michel Fabrizio, Shane Byrne, Sylvain Guintoli, Luca Scassa, James Toseland, Troy Corser, Max Neukirchner

Results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.528  
2 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'47.707 0.179
3 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'47.929 0.401
4 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'47.943 0.415
5 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.965 0.437
6 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.980 0.452
7 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.003 0.475
8 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'48.124 0.596
Out after Superpole 2
9 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'48.141 0.613
10 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'48.154 0.626
11 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'48.159 0.631
12 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.162 0.634
13 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'48.274 0.746
14 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.640 1.112
15 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'48.706 1.178
16 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.964 1.436
Out after Superpole 1
17 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.635 1.717
18 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.135 2.217
19 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.479 2.561
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.596 2.678

Superpole 3

First blood in the final session of Superpole went to Carlos Checa, putting in an astonishing lap of 1'47.081 from the off. While the others gave chase - Cal Crutchlow getting closest - Johnny Rea and Jakub Smrz had huge highsides, causing the session to be red flagged with less than 5 minutes to go. Both men looked shaken up, Rea being particularly unlucky to be run over by his own bike.

The session restarted, but with just 4'55 left in the session, there was not much time to put in a fast lap, a situation exacerbated by the length of the layout that World Superbikes use at Miller. Max Biaggi looked to have the best credentials, leaping up to 2nd with the chance of putting in another lap. In the final seconds, Leon Haslam started off on a hot lap, but made a mistake in the second section, leaving him stuck on the second row, behind his title rival Max Biaggi but at least ahead of Noriyuki Haga.

And so Carlos Checa took the second Superpole of his career, and with a genuinely sensational time. The Althea Ducati rider finished ahead of Max Biaggi, Cal Crutchlow and Jakub Smrz. Leon Haslam heads up the second row, ahead of Noriyuki Haga, Johnny Rea and Leon Camier.

Results and final grid:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'47.081  
2 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.414 0.333
3 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.648 0.567
4 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'47.662 0.581
5 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.006 0.925
6 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'48.035 0.954
7 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.378 1.297
8 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.621 1.540
Out after Superpole 2
9 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'48.141 0.613
10 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'48.154 0.626
11 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'48.159 0.631
12 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.162 0.634
13 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'48.274 0.746
14 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.640 1.112
15 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'48.706 1.178
16 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.964 1.436
Out after Superpole 1
17 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.635 1.717
18 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.135 2.217
19 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.479 2.561
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.596 2.678
Out of Superpole
21 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'52.691 4.576
Round Number: 
7
2010
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Comments

I'd like to see Smrz and Crutchlow see the podium this weekend. Can Checa do another double? Will Haga surprise?!