2013 Silverstone World Superbike Superpole Result: Rain Removes Records

Superpole at Silverstone started dry and bright but, with a few clouds in the sky, it looked like it would be a race against the weather. What it was was one of the most unusual Superpole sessions we have been witness to.

The first thirteen minutes of Superpole were opened by Loris Baz setting the pace with a 2’04.912 that even Tom Sykes couldn’t beat on his first attempt. Marco Melandri, before recording a lap, suffered from a mechanical breakdown, relegating him to fifteenth place while his teamate Chaz Davies briefly took the fastest time from Tom Sykes until Jules Cluzel finally closed the session with a 2’04.498. Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio joined Marco Melandri on the last row.

Results after Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.498   288,2
2 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 2'04.657 0.159 289,0
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'04.749 0.251 286,7
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.898 0.400 289,7
5 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'04.902 0.404 292,1
6 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.912 0.414 284,4
7 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'04.985 0.487 280,7
8 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.026 0.528 282,9
9 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'05.217 0.719 275,7
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.352 0.854 292,9
11 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.413 0.915 286,7
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.421 0.923 286,7
    Did not qualify for Superpole 2        
13 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'05.492 0.994 282,2
14 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.593 1.095 292,9
15 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 2'13.317 8.819 289,7

Superpole two is when the faster riders slip a qualifying tyre on for the first time and Loris Baz showed the difference the one-shot tyres make by registering a 2’04.063 on his first flying lap. Davide Giugliano, sitting in ninth place, trying to secure his place in the last session, lost the front and looked to damage his foot with a bad bounce. As Jules Cluzel couldn’t best his time, Giugliano was assured of a place in the last session, but his injury and damage to the bike looked likely to rule him out.

Results after Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.063   282,9
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.179 0.116 286,7
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'04.358 0.295 291,3
4 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'04.467 0.404 291,3
5 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.686 0.623 282,2
6 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'04.711 0.648 287,4
7 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'04.759 0.696 277,1
8 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 2'04.786 0.723 288,2
9 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.003 0.940 285,1
    Did not qualify for Superpole 3        
10 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.011 0.948 287,4
11 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'05.492 1.429 275,7
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.573 1.510 285,9
    Did not qualify for Superpole 2        
13 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'05.492 0.994 282,2
14 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.593 1.095 292,9
15 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 2'13.317 8.819 289,7

The last session was conducted under the threat of looming clouds. While Loris Baz smashed the qualifying record with a 2'03.742 with Tom Sykes recording a 2'03.362 to take it off him, red flags were waved, invalidating the session. Tom Sykes, having performed one of the most incredible laps Silverstone has seen from a Superbike, was predictably annoyed that his lap was taken from him and the record books.

The third session would be replaced with a 20-minute wet session that started dry, but very quickly, the rain showed up. Loris Baz recorded a 2’05.105 to set the pace before it got too bad whileTom Sykes was unable to record a lap as he nearly crashed on his first flying lap while Sylvain Guintoli’s bike broke down, and he was also unable to record a lap. With Davide Giugliano injured and without a bike, it looked like Sykes would start from the third row.

Then, with three minutes of the wet session left, half of the field went out and had one last stab at qualifying. Eugene Laverty blinked last and took the first pole position of his Superbike career ahead of Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea. Loris Baz and Tom Sykes had to settle for the second row after an exciting couple of minutes.

Results after Superpole 3:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'04.730   291,3
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'04.949 0.219 275,0
3 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.078 0.348 285,9
4 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.105 0.375 287,4
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.949 1.219 286,7
6 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 2'06.369 1.639 286,7
7 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.775 2.045 281,4
8 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory      
9 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory      
    Did not qualify for Superpole 3        
10 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.011 0.948 287,4
11 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'05.492 1.429 275,7
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.573 1.510 285,9
    Did not qualify for Superpole 2        
13 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'05.492 0.994 282,2
14 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.593 1.095 292,9
15 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 2'13.317 8.819 289,7
    Did not qualify for Superpole        
16 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.743 2.388 166,328
17 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.106 2.751 165,856
18 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 2'09.543 4.188 164,017

 

Round Number: 
9
2013
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Comments

Sometimes rules can be applied too rigorously.
Does anybody seriously doubt that Sykes should be on pole? If so, please apply for your very own tinfoil hat, and please ensure that you stop shouting la-la-la long enough to fit it.
That last (dry) lap by Sykes was the stuff of legends.

Rain was spotted on the track, but it stopped immediately after the flags were waved, annoying a few riders.