2011 WSBK Miller Superpole Results - Updated

Results and summary of a semi-dry Superpole from Miller Motorsports Park:

Superpole 1

The track filled up immediately once it was opened, the riders heading out onto a wet but slowly drying track. The track was still treacherous, though, with Leon Camier being thrown off in a huge highside within the first couple of minutes. The Aprilia rider hurried back to the pits, and just made it out in time on his second bike.

Troy Corser was the first ride to grab top spot and the first to get into the 2'02s, followed by a 2'01 a lap later. Sylvain Guintoli and Max Biaggi followed not far behind, both men in the 2'02s. Biaggi, however, was flying, taking top spot just after the halfway mark with a 2'01.101. A lap later, he was even faster, with a 2'00.814. Guintoli, meanwhile, had taken back 2nd, half a second off Biaggi's time, with the two Yamahas of Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri taking 3rd and 4th. 

Camier salvaged his session in the final seconds, finally squeezing through into Superpole 2. But Camier saved his skin at the expense of the Castrol Hondas, Johnny Rea and Ruben Xaus joining Michel Fabrizio and Josh Waters out of Superpole.

Out of Superpole 1: Johnny Rea, Ruben Xaus, Michel Fabrizio, Josh Waters

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.814  
2 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'01.333 0.519
3 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 2'01.555 0.741
4 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2'01.655 0.841
5 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'01.737 0.923
6 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 2'01.838 1.024
7 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 2'01.894 1.080
8 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 2'02.542 1.728
9 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'02.608 1.794
10 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'02.721 1.907
11 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'02.942 2.128
12 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'03.080 2.266
Out after Superpole 1:  
13 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.232 2.418
14 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.382 2.568
15 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'03.397 2.583
16 12 J. WATERS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.156 3.342

Superpole 2

Troy Corser was once again the first rider to go fastest, setting a 2'00.907 straight off the bat, with times clearly dropping as conditions improved a little. Corser was soon displaced by Jakub Smrz. Corser struck back straight away, but Smrz responded immediately, just seven hundredths off a sub-two minute lap. Another lap later, and he was under two minutes, with a 1'59.238.

Ayrton Badovini put in a brilliant ride, holding on to 2nd for most of the session, before being bumped by Carlos Checa, and then by Troy Corser. But as the flag fell, the hot laps came flying, with Laverty, Biaggi and Guintoli also getting ahead of Badovini.

A mistake which saw Leon Haslam end in the gravel meant the BMW man missed out on a fast lap. He was joined by Leon Camier, Tom Sykes and Noriyuki Haga on the 3rd row of the grid.

Out after Superpole 2: Noriyuki Haga, Tom Sykes, Leon Camier, Leon Haslam

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.238  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'59.794 0.556
3 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.799 0.561
4 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.889 0.651
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'59.889 0.651
6 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'59.905 0.667
7 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'59.935 0.697
8 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2'00.180 0.942
Out after Superpole 2:
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.303 1.065
10 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.477 1.239
11 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.643 1.405
12 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'01.127 1.889
Out after Superpole 1:
13 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.232 2.418
14 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.382 2.568
15 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'03.397 2.583
16 12 J. WATERS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.156 3.342

Superpole 3

The final session of Superpole, and once again it was Troy corser setting the fastest lap first, and once again he was trumped by Jakub Smrz, who was in turn bumped by Carlos Checa, the first rider to get under 2'00. With a dry line starting to form in places, times were quickly being obliterated, with Guintoli, Biaggi and Corser soon blasting past Checa, and Smrz soon past as well.

Next time round, Checa was back, and again the first into the 1'58s. But Smrz was flying, and the Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider took pole straight back with a 1'58.390. But Checa was not to be denied. On his final lap, Checa snatched back pole by less than a tenth. The margin may have been small, but the timing was perfect. Smrz was forced to settle for 2nd, while the Yamahas of Melandri and Laverty took the last two places on the front row. Guintoli heads up row two, ahead of Troy Corser, Max Biaggi and an impressive Ayrton Badovini. Biaggi's second row start was caused in part by the Italian running off in the final couple of minutes, and having a very slow crash, more of a topple than a crash. It was enough to stop Biaggi from returning to the track and having another shot.

Results and final grid:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'58.315  
2 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'58.390 0.075
3 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.609 0.294
4 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.860 0.545
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'59.069 0.754
6 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'59.262 0.947
7 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.736 1.421
8 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'59.827 1.512
Out after Superpole 2:
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.303 1.065
10 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.477 1.239
11 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.643 1.405
12 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'01.127 1.889
Out after Superpole 1:
13 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.232 2.418
14 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.382 2.568
15 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'03.397 2.583
16 12 J. WATERS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.156 3.342
Did not qualify for Superpole
17 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.195 1.935
18 52 J. TOSELAND BMW S1000 RR 1'50.306 2.046
19 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.646 2.386
20 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'50.717 2.457
21 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.586 3.326

 

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