2012 Moscow WSBK Superpole Results

Moscow's first Superpole was a dry one. Qualifying tyres made more of a difference than usual and the new track threw up some surprises.

Superpole one gave us our first 1'34 lap as Tom Sykes showed an early indication of what a fast lap would be. Both Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty used a qualifier and guaranteed they would be in superpole two, but Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies relied on a race tyre and missed out, qualifying in 13th and 15th respectively. 

Superpole two was ruled by Carlos Checa, Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano. John Hopkins and Loris Baz both failed to get through in spite of promising early form.

Superpole three gave us a new pole position man, with Carlos Checa grabbing his first pole position of the year, beating Tom Sykes and an on-form Eugene Laverty who ran a used qualifier to get a third place start. Leon Haslam beat his team mate Marco Melandri to the last front row place ahead of Max Biaggi and early favourite Davide Giugliano who crashed out before setting a time.

The track looks like it will give us good racing, especially with the overtaking place at the last corner, at the end of the long uphill straight, but rain could threaten both races tomorrow. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'34.193  
2 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.549 0.356
3 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.562 0.369
4 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'35.170 0.977
5 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'35.224 1.031
6 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.237 1.044
7 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.253 1.060
8 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R    
    Not qualified for Superpole 1      
9 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.224 0.789
10 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'35.255 0.820
11 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.678 1.243
12 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.834 1.399
    Not qualified for Superpole 2      
13 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.629 0.749
14 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'35.678 0.798
15 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'35.689 0.809
16 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.798 0.918
    Not Qualified For Superpole      
17 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'36.182 1.108
18 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.237 1.163
19 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'36.326 1.252
20 5 LUNDH A Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.163 3.089
21 69 MCFADDEN D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.372 3.298


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What a surprise! Good Sykesy still capable to fill the top in Superpole.
I hope soon Greens will be constant winner and it would be funny to see laverty in Kawasaki - st.Patrick day all year on;D but seriously It's funny there's not much rumours and interests (at least not so many highlighted in media like recent Biaggi meeting with Kawasaki) from decent riders. In my opinion they're ready to win.