2013 Aragon World Superbike QP1 Results: Laverty steals provisional pole from Davies

Eugene Laverty stole provisional pole from Chaz Davies at the chequered flag with Tom Sykes in provisional third place. Marco Melandri was the last rider under 1'59, and the only rider in the top ten not to improve on his morning's time.

Leon Camier crashed, causing the session to be red-flagged, and was taken to the medical centre, but he still managed to go sixth fastest, with over thirty minutes remaining.

Carlos Checa struggled as the Ducati Panigales suffered from a twenty kilometre per hour speed difference between them and the Aprilias on the long straight. Ducati riders have to salvage as many points as possible before returning to tracks more likely to favour their bikes, and Mark Aitchison's Effenbert Ducati, the only one of the older 1098Rs racing, was well over 30kmh slower, never even passing the 300kmh mark.


Aragon - FIM Superbike World Championship - Qualifying 1

1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.548
2. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'58.652
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.887
4. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'58.944
5. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.060
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.144
7. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.379
8. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.414
9. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.423
10. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.599
11. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.599
12. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'00.004
13. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.199
14. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'00.688
15. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.041
16. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'01.658
17. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.928
18. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 2'03.201
19. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 2'03.233
20. Mark Aitchison (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 2'04.169

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Let's hope Laverty does well. The way I figure it, at Philip Island we were about 0.419 seconds away from mass suicides at the Bikesportnews editorial offices - or more "team orders" theories ...

Seriously, is there a minimum qualifying time in WSBK, or does everyone who comes to play get to start?

You need to qualify within 107% of the fastest time before Superpole. Aitchison is two seconds under that, and unless the lap record is broken in QP2, he's done enough. If he doesn't do better, and Sykes (for instance) does an insane 1'55.9 tomorrow morning, he may be in trouble, but even then the organisers can make an exception.

Thank you Jared!

Another question, and maybe you already answered it, but is the 1098R still homologated, or is that another thing the organizers can make an exception for?

What, if any, is the top speed advantage of the Aprilia vs, the BMW and the Kawasaki at Aragon?

In a nutshell, real close at the top (the "Best Laps and Speeds" page is very useful here) between the factory Aprilias, the factory BMWs and Sykes. 3 kph covers all five bikes.

The gap to everyone else is significant, even the satellite versions of the front-runners.

The new Panigale is well down on top speed Jared.

Checa is going to have the same problem as caused by last year's weight penalty. Unless that can be rectified (doubtful) I guess he will have to 'over ride' it again and will be binning it regularly.

The Aprilia is once again this year's straight line missile it appears, Guinters must be relieved that he dumped Suzuki post contract.

No unfamiliar website required. Go to the official one. www.worldsbk.com. For same in GP, go to www.motogp.com.
I for one don't believe that there will be one circuit this year that favours Ducati. They are totally outgunned. Its not only top speed,its corner exit acceleration.
I would not expect any Ducati rider to stick his neck out this weekend. Just pick up scraps where afforded.

It is an abomination that twin cylinder engines, which by virtue of being twins will never develop the power a four cylinder engine, are also nobbled with a 50mm intake restrictor in the Superbike World Championship. To put that in perspective, in 1988, when the original desmo 8-valve V-twins appeared, they breathed in through a 50mm throttle body. That was fine for an engine that displaced 888cc but for a 1200cc twin, it is very unfair. Remove it and let the Ducati fill its lungs.

WSBK is back. Can't wait for the flag to drop! Go Marco & Euguene :)