2011 WSBK Aragon Superpole Results: Updated

Results and summary of Superpole at Aragon:


Superpole 1

Carlos Checa was the early leader in Superpole, taking the lead on his second lap out of the pits and getting into the 1'58 bracket. He was joined there by the Aprilias of Leon Camier and Max Biaggi, Biaggi having been the first man to post a 1'58 during FP2, which preceded Superpole. Sylvain Guintoli, Michel Fabrizio and Tom Sykes levered themselves ahead of Biaggi, before Eugene Laverty put in a blistering lap to take over provisional pole, deposing Checa from the top spot. Biggest surprise were the factory BMWs, both Leon Haslam and Troy Corser being eliminated after just the first Superpole.

Out after Superpole 1: Jakub Smrz, Leon Haslam, Troy Corser, Maxime Berger

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.621  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'58.714 0.093
3 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.738 0.117
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'58.807 0.186
5 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.817 0.196
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.825 0.204
7 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.831 0.210
8 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'58.897 0.276
9 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.976 0.355
10 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.015 0.394
11 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.128 0.507
12 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.158 0.537
Out after Superpole 1:
13 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.355 0.734
14 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'59.367 0.746
15 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'59.507 0.886
16 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'59.565 0.944

 


Superpole 2

Max Biaggi was the first man to grab top spot, and the first man into the 1'57s, a truly scorching pace, with Carlos Checa sitting just behind the Italian but outside the 1'57s. The top 8 spent most of the session in the pits, more or less satisfied that they'd posted a fast enough time, while the riders in the drop zone tried to find a little more to get through into Superpole 3. That worked for Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider leaping up into 5th with just seconds left in the session, leaving Haga, Guintoli, Fabrizio and Aitchison stuck on the 3rd row of the grid.

Out after Superpole 2: Nori Haga, Sylvain Guintoli, Michel Fabrizio, Mark Aitchison

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.841  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'58.043 0.202
3 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.094 0.253
4 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'58.234 0.393
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.330 0.489
6 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.426 0.585
7 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.427 0.586
8 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.456 0.615
Out after Superpole 2:
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.566 0.725
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'58.640 0.799
11 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.950 1.109
12 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.680 1.839
Out after Superpole 1:
13 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.355 0.734
14 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'59.367 0.746
15 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'59.507 0.886
16 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'59.565 0.944

 


Superpole 3

Marco Melandri was the first rider to take provisional pole, trailing Max Biaggi around the circuit to take top spot from Biaggi just seconds after the Aprilia rider crossed the line. Biaggi pushed again on the next lap, but could not get fast enough to best Melandri, the Yamaha rider very close to beating his own time. Carlos Checa's attack faltered when he outbraked himself into the final hairpin, losing all of the time he had gained elsewhere and ending up 4th, behind Biaggi's teammate Leon Camier. Despite his relatively poor qualifying position, fortune smiled on Carlos Checa, ironically in the shape of some help from his main rival for the title Max Biaggi, who blocked Tom Sykes in the final section just as the Kawasaki rider was on a hot lap and in with a chance for the front row of the grid. Instead, Sykes heads up the second row of the grid, ahead of Eugene Laverty and Joan Lascorz, while Ayrton Badovini will start from 8th.

Results and final grid:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.634  
2 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.790 0.156
3 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.279 0.645
4 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'58.472 0.838
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.641 1.007
6 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.756 1.122
7 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.194 1.560
8 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'59.591 1.957
Out after Superpole 2:
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.566 0.725
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'58.640 0.799
11 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.950 1.109
12 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.680 1.839
Out after Superpole 1:
13 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.355 0.734
14 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'59.367 0.746
15 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'59.507 0.886
16 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'59.565 0.944
Did not qualify for Superpole:
17 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.432 1.249
18 77 C. VERMEULEN Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.507 1.324
19 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.678 1.495
20 57 L. LANZI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.776 1.593

 

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Are they using a different layout then Moto GP last year? I can't believe they would be 10 seconds slower

Total votes: 36

Yes, the track layout is different. They use the hairpin at the end of the track which was put there for cars, instead of the long final sweeper.

Total votes: 35

Yes, this is like the Melandri of old times, like 05 and 06 Moto GP

Total votes: 40

Biaggi blocking riders during qualifying \ superpole again? His reputation for this sort of thing is getting a bit beyond notorious and into the realms of irresponsible. Did race direction have anything to say about this latest incident?

Total votes: 40

What is he doing different that the factory boys are not?

Total votes: 41

I was curious about the same thing but part of me thinks that BMW wouldn't let a satellite team run different ECU but then again. I guess we will know after we see how quickly Badovini fades during the race.

Total votes: 39