2012 Misano WSBK Superpole: Declared Wet

It had to happen; Rain came to Misano. While the rain had finished by the time Superpole started, it was declared a wet Superpole, which gives us two twenty-minute sessions instead of the three shorter ones we would get with a dry session.

Part of the track was still damp, but the sun was drying it out quickly, and some riders decided to wait until later in the session before heading out. This gamble proved to be a mistake for Carlos Checa who ran out of time before being able to set a time to qualify for Superpole 2 and will start from 16th.

With championship contenders Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri also not qualifying for Superpole 2, this will make for an interesting race.

Superpole two started out with Tom Sykes posting the fastest time of the weekend very early on. The only person able to get even close to his pole position lap was Sykes himself, when he got within two tenths of his previous lap. This will be his fifth pole position of the year. Jonathan Rea was the only other rider to get a 1'35 lap.  

Final Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.375  
2 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.991 0.616
3 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'36.083 0.708
4 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'36.147 0.772
5 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'36.183 0.808
6 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'36.283 0.908
7 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.365 0.990
8 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'36.559 1.184
    Out after Superpole 1      
9 151 BAIOCCO M Ducati 1098R 1'37.509 1.223
10 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.686 1.400
11 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.704 1.418
12 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'37.796 1.510
13 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'37.806 1.520
14 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.985 1.699
15 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'38.078 1.792
16 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'38.977 2.691
    Out after QP2      
17 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'36.934 0.999
18 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.168 1.233
19 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'37.202 1.267
20 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.250 1.315
21 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.312 1.377
22 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.688 1.753
23 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.674 2.739
24 23 SANDI F BMW S1000 RR 1'40.251 4.316


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Seems that the only thing as odd as Checa's falling off this year has been the choices that haven't paid off. The terrible tire choice race now this QP starting from 16th. Watching with 10 minutes left and looks like Sykes put his work in and has pole by a bit.

It looked like Carlos Checa was out there in plenty of time and setting fast times, but he came in inexplicably with only a couple of minutes to go (too late to change a tire, or even get back up to speed on the existing tire). If I recall correctly, he had set two fastest sectors, then came in.

Carlos was very upset afterwards, but who can he blame but himself? Rapidly improving track, times dropping every minute... of course you need to stay out!