2011 Brno World Superbike Superpole Results: Updated

Results and summary of all three Superpole sessions:


Superpole 1

Marc Melandri was the first rider to set a fast lap, while Carlos Checa put in a time good enough for second early. Max Biaggi's early laps were good enough for 3rd, getting bumped down to 4th by Jakum Smrz at the end of the session.

Despite both riders getting through, the Aprilias had a tough time: Max Biaggi saved a big front end slide on his 3rd fast lap, saving to ensure he went through. Teammate Camier was less lucky, losing the front and crashing out while sitting in 15th spot. The Englishman rushed back to the pits and put in a do-or-die lap to  get it all the way up to 7th, an impressive performance by Camier.

The late fast laps by Camier and an equally impressive Mark Aitchison on the Pedercini Kawasaki were bad news for the BMW of Leon Haslam and Aprilia of Nori Haga, both experienced veterans being knocked out of Superpole.

Out after Superpole 1: Leon Haslam, Noriyuki Haga, Lorenzo Lanzi, Matteo Baiocco

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.379  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'59.556 0.177
3 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.562 0.183
4 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.603 0.224
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'59.706 0.327
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.752 0.373
7 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.804 0.425
8 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.845 0.466
9 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.933 0.554
10 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.094 0.715
11 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'00.144 0.765
12 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.205 0.826
Out after Superpole 1
13 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'00.252 0.873
14 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.374 0.995
15 57 L. LANZI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.619 1.240
16 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati 1098R 2'00.864 1.485

 


Superpole 2

Max Biaggi put in the fastest lap of the weekend so far to take the top spot early, but he was quickly deposed by Eugene Laverty, then completely blown out of the water by Carlos Checa, the Althea Ducati  rider the first man to get into the 1'58s during the weekend.

Once again, the final order was settled in the dying seconds off the session. Michel Fabrizio saved his bacon with a soft qualifier to jump up to 7th, while Tom Sykes posted a scorching lap to take 2nd spot, joining Checa in the 1'58 bracket.

Out after Superpole 2: Ayrton Badovini, Sylvain Guintoli, Mark Aitchison, Maxime Berger

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'58.930  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.942 0.012
3 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.158 0.228
4 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.182 0.252
5 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.244 0.314
6 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.373 0.443
7 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.496 0.566
8 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.553 0.623
Out after Superpole 2
9 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'59.684 0.754
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'59.800 0.870
11 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.362 1.432
12 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'01.011 2.081
Out after Superpole 1
13 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'00.252 0.873
14 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.374 0.995
15 57 L. LANZI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.619 1.240
16 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati 1098R 2'00.864 1.485

 


Superpole 3

Max Biaggi was once again the first to set a fast lap in the final session of qualifying, and it was a very strong time indeed: 1'58.580 was not far off last year's superpole time, and very quick under the conditions. Marco Melandri bagged the 2nd fastest time, but still two tenths off Biaggi's fastest time. Carlos Checa's first qualifying lap was good enough for 3rd, but he left himself no more time for another shot at improving. Eugene Laverty took the final spot on the front row of the grid, after a late challenge by Jakub Smrz fell short, leaving the Czech rider to start from 5th, heading up the second row. Michel Fabrizio leads Leon Camier, while Tom Sykes is that last man on the second row of the grid, bagging the 8th fastest time.

Final grid:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.580  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.801 0.221
3 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'58.908 0.328
4 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.055 0.475
5 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.541 0.961
6 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.908 1.328
7 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.925 1.345
8 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.303 1.723
Out after Superpole 2
9 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'59.684 0.754
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'59.800 0.870
11 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.362 1.432
12 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'01.011 2.081
Out after Superpole 1
13 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'00.252 0.873
14 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.374 0.995
15 57 L. LANZI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.619 1.240
16 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati 1098R 2'00.864 1.485
Did not qualify for Superpole
17 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.681 1.359
18 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.710 1.388
19 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.980 1.658
20 77 C. VERMEULEN Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.447 2.125
21 22 A. LOWES Honda CBR1000RR 2'01.724 2.402
22 13 V. KISPATAKI Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.721 3.399

 

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Wow, I can't seem to figure out how a "private" twin can go so fast against all the 4 cyln factory bikes, but it's cool. Cool, a 58 by Sykes on the Kawi!!!
Go Marco!

Cool, is this the first time this year the Suzy made it into superpole 3? I should be rootin for it, since I own 3 of them including a gsxr1000.
Go Fabrizio!!!

Cool, where'd that come from Max? Awesome lap, wish I could have seen the video.

What did the 800s run at Brno last year? Same track configuration as GP?

Track tempeerature in qualifying for last year's Czech MotoGP was 38 degrees Celcius, not the 51 degrees Celcius the Superbike World Championship bikes had to contend with yesterday.

Here's last year's Czech GP MotoGP class grid:

1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'56.508
2 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1'56.846
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team YAMAHA 1'56.865
4 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team DUCATI 1'56.868
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team YAMAHA 1'57.059
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'57.117
7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1'57.222
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 1'57.635
9 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar DUCATI 1'57.960
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1'57.981
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1'58.089
12 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1'58.169
13 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1'58.182
14 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1'58.430
15 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Interwetten Honda MotoGP HONDA 1'58.522
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1'58.700

So even with a considerable higher track temp., Biaggi's lap time this year would put him between 15th & 16th place on last year's MotoGP grid...

on the official Yamaha Superbike is less than 4 tenths from his own qualifying time on the satellite Honda MotoGP...

I knew someone here would have those times on hand. So it's the same track configuration, then? Hate it when they throw a little kink in or something so you can't get a direct comparison.

If so, between 15th and 16th on the MotoGP grid is pretty damned impressive for a production based machine. Being in the ballpark is incredible when you consider the tire and brake difference.

So what's stopping a CRT team from exactly copying the thickness/geometry of a WSBK frame and making it themselves, thus avoiding the production chassis ban?

Let's give the so-called CRT bikes a break. Only one has tested alongside the current machines and that preliminary run indicates a bit of work to be done. However, a competent chassis designer should be able to make a frame for a Superbike engine that allows the bike to better the Superbike lap times. We do not know how much difference there is between the Superbike spec. Pirellis and the MotoGP Bridgestones, except for some comments from Ben Spies when he first tried the Bridgestones. He said they were stiffer in the sidewall and thus had a 'harder' feel than the Pirellis. How fast a current Superbike would run on the MotoGP Bridgestones would be very interesting. That said, one must recognise that the geometry of the standard 1000cc sports bike frames is pretty good indeed to allow such close parity with MotoGP. In the first year of Moto2, at the tracks they raced that the 600 Supersport machines also ran at, the Supersports were faster everywhere, with one or two exceptions. An informant also tells me the Itallian Superbike Championship lap times for Mugello are also much better than Kallio achieved in that preliminary run around on what was it, a Suter chassis?