2012 Nürburgring WSBK Superpole Results

Germany gave us a dry superpole, with three sessions whittling down the top sixteen to their final grid positions.

In Superpole One, Salom crashed on the last corner of his out lap, guaranteeing him 16th place and spreading litter over the final corner. This caused a red flag to allow the track crew to clear the debris. After the restart, Nicolo Canepa didn't leave his pit and was automatically relegated to 15th. Chaz Davies put in the fastest time, a 1'54.609 on a qualifier, ahead of Loris Baz and Marco Melandri.

At the beginning of Superpole two, Haslam rode off the track before he completed a lap while Sykes set the new fastest lap at 1'53.927, beating Carlos Checa's fastest lap last year. The top ten riders all went under 1'55 on qualifiers.

In the final Superpole session, Max Biaggi grabbed pole position on his first flying lap. Tom Sykes was able to secure second place but his qualifying tyre wasn't able to give him a second lap. Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty filled out the front row.

As the session was considered finished, Tom Sykes headed out on a scrubbed in race tyre and put in a stunning lap that looked like it could challenge the pole time, but as his Kawasaki put in some lurid slides, it was obvious that Sykes was on the limit and the lap that started out so well ended up not managing to steal pole, even though it was possibly the fastest lap of the weekend on race rubber.

Max Biaggi secured his first pole position of the year and becomes one of the few men to take a Tissot off Tom Sykes in 2012.

Final Superpole Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'53.855  
2 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.904 0.049
3 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'53.912 0.057
4 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'54.148 0.293
5 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'54.300 0.445
6 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'54.322 0.467
7 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'55.165 1.310
8 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'55.734 1.879
    Did not qualify for Superpole Three      
9 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'54.540 0.613
10 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'54.800 0.873
11 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'55.671 1.744
12 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR    
    Did not qualify for Superpole Two      
13 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'56.290 1.681
14 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'56.530 1.921
15 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R    
16 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R    
    Did not qualify for Superpole      
17 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'56.246 1.089
18 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'56.465 1.308
19 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.101 1.944
20 57 LANZI L Ducati 1098R 1'57.504 2.347
21 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'57.729 2.572
22 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'58.177 3.020
23 5 LUNDH A Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.567 3.410
24 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 1'59.385 4.228


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Great job by Biaggi, but did anybody see Sykes' last lap? Wow! His tire was shot but it's a long time since I've seen a rider throw an out of shape bike about like that! That man was truly on the absolute limit! Great to watch! Nice one Tom!

Tom may very well be a fan of this site and if he is reading this just wanted to tell you what a fantastic job you did today especially your last lap on those used tires. It was truly epic!