2014 Sepang World Superbike Superpole Results: Power Counts

Superpole took place in a humid 35º climate and 60º track. The long lap length reduced the amount of chances each rider would have determine their qualifying place.

Alex Lowes and Claudio Corti were the only non-Evo riders in the first session. Lowes wasted no time setting a lap that provisionally qualified for the second session, but with two minutes left, a slew of riders started challenging it on qualifying tyres. Lowes then went quicker and Corti looked like he would make it too, especially when Ayrton Badovini threw a fast lap away. Niccolò Canepa approached Lowes's position, but David Salom took the second slot at the last minute. Jeremy Guarnoni was the only remaining rider that could challenge, but it looked like he ran out of fuel on his fast lap.

The second Superpole was opened with Sylvain Guintoli registering a 2'03.581, with Loris Baz second quickest and a disgruntled Alex Lowes in third. Then, the qualifying tyres came out. Loris Baz was on a blistering pace, six tenths up on the field, but it was a pace that was on both sides of the limit and he crashed out, sliding the bike as the front tyre gave up. Sylvain Guintoli then took pole position as expected, with Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano holding off the Aprilia onslaught to close up the front row. Toni Elias beat Marco Melandri for Aprilia glory and Loris Baz had to rely on his earlier lap to retain a second row start.

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'03.002   305,4
2 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'03.108 0.106 301,2
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'03.137 0.135 297,8
4 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'03.160 0.158 305,4
5 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'03.971 0.969 304,6
6 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.027 1.025 299,5
7 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.263 1.261 297,8
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'04.343 1.341 297,8
9 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.433 1.431 296,2
10 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'04.514 1.512 300,3
11 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.202 2.200 296,2
12 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'06.388 3.386 286,0

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.038   293,8
2 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'05.245 0.207 285,2
3 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 2'05.771 0.733 284,5
4 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 2'05.859 0.821 286,0
5 2 C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO 2'06.012 0.974 285,2
6 19 L. CAMIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 2'06.184 1.146 286,8
7 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'06.631 1.593 281,5
8 86 A. BADOVINI Bimota BB3 EVO 2'06.808 1.770 284,5
9 9 F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'07.081 2.043 276,5
10 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'07.220 2.182 283,0


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That is the Pirelli mantra. And even at Sepang, it is correct. Lookee here Jared: in 2008, Toni Elias had the fastest bike through the Sepang speed trap. It was an 800cc Ducati V4 and it ran an average of 310.5 km/h. He finished 15th. Yep, the fastest bike was beat over the line by 14 slower machines.

Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli were both racing Ducati V4 800s that year too, Melandri on the factory bike and Guintoli team-mate with Elias in the Alice Ducati squad.

Melandri's bike was fourth fastest at 305.4 km/h while Guintoli was a freckle slower at 305.3 km/h, which was the fifth fastest bike.

Casey Stoner on the other factory bike bimbled through the speed trap at an average of 303.4 km/h, which meant his factory Ducati was the slowest of all the Ducatis (contrary to the Rossi fans assertions), but he was the first Ducati rider over the line, in sixth place.

Where did Elias on the fastest of the fast finish?

Fifteenth (15th) - which meant he only beat two other bikes over the finish line (3rd last).

Guintoli was 13th and Melandri was 16th.

So, that year, the Ducati's finished in the reverse order of their top speeds.

Therefore, do not get too fixated on the speed trap Jared.

The race will be different.

Talking about Melandri, he appears to be following his failed efforts at Ducati. He sets the bike up until it is almost unridable, then whinges about it.

No wonder Ducati sent him to a shrink!

At Ducati, he would regularly have the fastest bike but took out a mortgage on the last row of the grid while his team-mate was putting it on pole and winning races.

The bloke is a dud.

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That's the race done. smiley

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Baron you were darin' but Melandri was not scarin'...what do you think of how he was farin'? Were you swearin' while he was rarin' and blarin' and tearin'?
Not rubbing it in, I didn't see it coming either. Agreed that he can be a bit inflexible to an unsorted bike. The Ducati however, that is a lousy comparison for obvious reasns. Just as the Honda might have been a poor example for the inverse. I still see him as Spidsrman ass over ea kettle as a better example. Love his driving diving fighting spirit though!

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