Unsurprisingly, Magny-Cours was raining and we were given a wet Superpole, with two twenty minute sessions, losing six of the fifteen after the first session. As the rain looked like it would be getting heavier as time went on, an early time could strategically play out as the conditions worsened and the track slowed down.
Tom Sykes set an early 1’52.056, but as Leon Haslam and Vincent Philippe duelled, with Haslam coming off best, Toni Elias stole the top spot. Haslam, halfway round a potentially fastest lap, crashed out and hopped quickly to his bike, luckily getting back out on track. The threatening weather seemed to calm down and Michel Fabrizio took the top spot on intermediate tyres and everyone switched tyres from the wets and set out to try to beat their earlier time. Davide Giugliano and Fabrizio both set fast laps several seconds over third place.
With less than a minute left, Tom Sykes was knocked so far down the list that he could have been knocked out of Superpole two, but at the flag, he went fastest with a 1’44.897 ahead of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, in the same order as the championship standings. Vincent Philippe qualified ninth fastest, but Jules Cluzel, who did hardly any laps, was relegated to 12th place.
The second wet session wasn’t. A dried track meant slick tyres, and early laps in case the weather turned again. Tom Sykes put in an early 1’42.385 but Eugene Laverty quickly beat that, with Sylvain Guintoli slotting in between the two of them, pushing Sykes to third.
Then, with ten minutes left, the qualifying tyres came out. Tom Sykes recorded a 1’39.571 and popped back to get his remaining qualifying tyre, exploiting the advantage of two sessions without needing to spend either of the sticky boots in the first session. White flags started showing up, signifying rain at a few places around the track, but that didn’t slow Tom Sykes down. Pushing slower riders aside, scaring Vincent Philippe in the process, weaving through traffic, Sykes put in an impossibly quick 1’38.592 and secured yet another pole position.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'38.592||292,7|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'39.397||0.805||296,7|
|3||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'39.933||1.341||292,7|
|4||58||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'40.410||1.818||294,3|
|5||84||M. FABRIZIO||Honda CBR1000RR||1'40.864||2.272||278,4|
|6||86||A. BADOVINI||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'40.926||2.334||276,9|
|7||33||M. MELANDRI||BMW S1000 RR||1'41.361||2.769||289,5|
|8||19||C. DAVIES||BMW S1000 RR||1'41.375||2.783||295,9|
|9||52||V. PHILIPPE||Suzuki GSX-R1000|
|Did Not Qualify For Superpole Two|
|10||51||M. PIRRO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'47.871||2.974||279,8|
|11||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'47.886||2.989||273,4|
|12||16||J. CLUZEL||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'48.221||3.324||273,4|
|13||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'48.916||4.019||269,3|
|14||57||L. LANZI||Ducati 1098R||1'50.257||5.360||261,5|
|15||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||1'51.796||6.899||281,3|
|Did Not Qualify For Superpole|
|16||8||M. AITCHISON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'41.137||2.428||272,0|
|17||23||F. SANDI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'41.281||2.572||275,5|
|18||32||F. LAI||Ducati 1199||1'42.474||3.765||285,7|
|19||31||V. IANNUZZO||BMW S1000 RR||1'43.180||4.471||268,7|