2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Superpole Results: Wet Superpole Dries Out

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.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
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


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