2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Superpole Results

The new MotoGP-style qualifying took place at a dry Phillip Island.

In the first Superpole session, after everyone completed their first lap, Leon Haslam and Tony Elias were the two fastest men, and therefore the men who would pass into Superpole 2. Haslam's time was 0.75 seconds quicker than Elias's, and the Spaniard's lap time was not out of reach to the EVO bikes. Elias returned to the track with a qualifying tyre while David Salom made mincemeat of Elias's lap and slotted into second place.

Leon Haslam improved his time while Elias missed his chance to get to the next session, unable to improve on his first outing.

Superpole 2 opened with Alex Lowes setting a fast lap first, but Davide Giugliano surpassed his time. The second phase allowed those that hadn't used their qualifying tyre to have one last dash and Sylvain Guintoli made the most of it, setting the fastest time of the weekend.

Tom Sykes, almost a third of the second faster than Guintoli, left it to the last minute to assert himself and unfortunately crashed out before completing the potential pole position lap.

Sylvain Guintoli took pole position on his silver Aprilia, with Davide Giugliano in second place on the Ducati Panigale. The last place on the front row was taken by Guintoli's new teammate Marco Melandri. The second row was filled with the Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes and the Honda of Jonathan Rea. Guintoli was disappointed to not record a 1'29 lap, missing it by four hundredths, and said he would try to get one next year.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.038   317,6
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'30.135 0.097 309,5
3 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.332 0.294 319,5
4 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.385 0.347 305,9
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.421 0.383 305,1
6 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'30.660 0.622 307,7
7 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.796 0.758 306,8
8 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.835 0.797 308,6
9 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.138 1.100 306,8
10 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 1'31.274 1.236 294,3
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'31.281 1.243 305,1
12 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'31.950 1.912 295,1
    Times from Superpole 1        
13 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.107 1.137 307,7
14 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 1'32.187 1.217 300,0
15 9 F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'32.248 1.278 290,3
16 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'32.902 1.932 298,3
17 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'33.146 2.176 291,9
18 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'33.404 2.434 291,1
19 14 G. ALLERTON BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'33.605 2.635 291,9
20 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'34.137 3.167 303,4


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If you think you can actually buy the Showa suspension on Tom Sykes' bike I think you are sorely mistaken, no matter what the rules say.

Its a price cap and the units must be available to all teams who run that manufacturer of suspension unit. Showa will not be available to anyone but factory teams.

Total votes: 57

If anyone has a link to the specific rules changes for 2014, I'd appreciate it. I know there's an engine limit, but price caps, engine specs, etc., I can't seem to find. Thanks.

Oh yeah - go Guinters!

Total votes: 61

Gracias ...

Couldn't find the price of the suspension and brake components. Got any data?

Total votes: 53

They are still debating the price. Talk is it will be 20,000 euros for front brakes, half that for the rear, 10,000 euros for front suspension and 6,500 for rear suspension. But still to be confirmed.

Total votes: 46

His lap time would have been fast enough for 11th in last years MGP Q2

In Q1 for the CRTs etc he would have been 2nd .

Total votes: 48

Yes, the factory Aprilia is easily on par with CRT bikes in the right hands, which is why they make CRTs from them. However, it must be pointed out that Guintoli had a qualifying tyre and that the conditions may not be equivalent.

Total votes: 52