Glorious English sunshine ensured that Superpole would come down to the riders and their bikes, without the added chaotic element weather can bring.
Jonathan Rea set the target lap, but the top spot was quickly taken off him by Tom Sykes. Sylvain Guintoli closed to within a thousandth of a second but Sykes just opened up the gap by two more tenths of a second. Loris Baz, Jules Cluzel and Carlos Checa, and others, spent a qualifier to avoid being dropped off in the first session. Baz and Davide Giugliano, at the end of the session, were able to post the second and third fastest times until Chaz Davies on a qualifier stole second fastest ahead of Leon Camier who took third.
Leon Haslam, along with Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio, failed to get through to the second Superpole session.
Superpole two was opened with riders taking the top spot in succession until Tom Sykes, on his first lap, broke the outright lap record with a 1'27.560 using the first of his two sets of qualifying tyres. The Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli posted second and third fastest times and sat on their laurels, knowing they'd done enough to ensure they'd be in the final session. Carlos Checa failed to advance as he caught Jonathan Rea, the rider he was aiming to eliminate, at the apex of the Melbourne Loop, balking his last hope for Superpole 3.
Nine riders fought to determine the front three rows of the grid, with at least one bike from every manufacturer competing in Superpole 3. Jonathan Rea was once again the first man to finish a lap. Sykes blasted out a 1'27.491, faster still than his own lap record only to blitz it on his second lap with a 1'27.378, confidently rubbing it in everyone's faces.
Sylvain Guintoli, at the site of his near career-ending accident when he was competing in British Superbikes, qualified in the middle of the front row with his teammate Eugene Laverty in third place. Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier thwarted Marco Melandri, showing that the power of a fast bike isn't enough at Donington.
Results after Superpole 3:
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'27.378||269,6|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'27.716||0.338||270,9|
|3||58||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'28.014||0.636||270,2|
|4||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||1'28.139||0.761||266,9|
|5||2||L. CAMIER||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'28.252||0.874||263,0|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||BMW S1000 RR||1'28.280||0.902||270,9|
|7||19||C. DAVIES||BMW S1000 RR||1'28.644||1.266||264,3|
|8||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'28.779||1.401||264,3|
|9||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'29.318||1.940||261,1|
|Did not qualify for Superpole 3|
|10||7||C. CHECA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'28.454||0.894||261,7|
|11||16||J. CLUZEL||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'28.844||1.284||266,9|
|12||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'28.850||1.290||264,9|
|Did not qualify for Superpole 2|
|13||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||1'29.172||0.978||262,3|
|14||86||A. BADOVINI||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'29.211||1.017||264,3|
|15||84||M. FABRIZIO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'29.214||1.020||264,9|
|Did not qualify for Superpole 1|
|16||27||M. NEUKIRCHNER||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'30.817||2.017||259,2|
|17||23||F. SANDI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'32.010||3.210||257,9|
|18||31||V. IANNUZZO||BMW S1000 RR||1'32.145||3.345||254,9|
|19||5||A. LUNDH||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'33.141||4.341||252,5|