2012 Magny Cours Superpole Results

The last Superpole of 2012 was a dry session. 

Two Frenchmen were eliminated in Superpole One in front of their home crowd, while Max Biaggi and Jonathan Rea were fastest ahead of Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty. 

Tom Sykes was fastest in Superpole Two, with a 1'37.494. Max Biaggi miscalculated his first run and had to had to reuse a qualifier to try and make it through to Superpole Three, a tactic that nearly paid off, but his tyre lost its grip in the second half of the lap, relegating him to the third row. 

Going into the final Superpole session, Carlos Checa and Tom Sykes were undoubtedly favourites and Checa went first to set a 1'37.422 but Tom Sykes, wearing a Lascorz tribute helmet, responded with an unbelievable 1'36.950, ensuring he would end 2012 qualifying in the style he's carried all year, recording his ninth pole position. He returned to his garage to raucous applause from his team.

Results after Superpole Three:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.950  
2 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'37.422 0.472
3 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.516 0.566
4 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'37.658 0.708
5 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'37.901 0.951
6 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.252 1.302
7 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'38.280 1.330
8 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.425 1.475
    Not Through To Superpole Three:      
9 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.072 0.578
10 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.095 0.601
11 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'38.318 0.824
12 71 CORTI C Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.516 1.022
    Not Through To Superpole Two:      
13 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.548 0.758
14 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'38.727 0.937
15 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'38.807 1.017
16 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'39.354 1.564
    Not Through To Superpole      
17 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'39.430 1.278
18 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.750 1.598
19 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.538 2.386
20 5 LUNDH A Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.882 2.730
21 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 1'42.461 4.309


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Erm, yeah, you got me. I've been thinking so much about the upcoming season that my brain let me down. Fixed. smiley

Chatting with my brother last time out, he asked “Does anyone actually want to win this?” It's like nobody wants to have an easy win. 

This is the part of the season where you think back and regret/are pissed at someone for everything that's cost you a point. Max, Tom and Marco all will be kicking themselves tonight - at least for a moment - for something they've done this year. Realistically, I don't think anyone else has really had a chance for the title - once the fours got sorted out, the Duc was in deep trouble.

To me, Tom has been most consistent, let down too often by his machine and early on its appetite for tires, front and rear. Marco has been most often let down by - Marco. Max is somewhere in the middle.

Biaggi only needs two sixth places, even if Sykes does the double. Looks like we are heading for last race championship battles..It will certainly make for some spirited viewing :)