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.
|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|