2014 Portimão World Superbike Superpole Results: Red Flag In First Session

Qualifying for tomorrow's race took place in a warm and windy Portugal.

Three minutes into the first Superpole session, the red flags came out after Sylvain Barrier put in a 1'45.933. Claudio Corti dropped his bike approaching one of the many hills, landing after the crest in a blind spot while the bike slid further away. The risky spot meant the flags had to come out immediately so nobody would ride into him. Corti was ok and the session resumed. A few riders had fast laps removed as they were registered after the flags came out and strategies had to be decided as the eleven and a bit minutes remaining wouldn't let them do the laps on both a race tyre and a qualifier without running out of time.

Sylvain Barrier and Niccolò Canepa set out and took the top two spots but Ayrton Badovini and David Salom knocked them both off the top. Barrier then set out with a qualifying tyre on and raced against the clock to fit a lap in before the flag. A mistake in the last sector lost him a few tenths but he still managed to take second place, pushing Badovini out of Superpole two.

David Salom and Sylvain Barrier progressed to Superpole two and joined the ten riders who qualified within three tenths of each other.

Leon Haslam opened the session with a 1'43.682 as everyone banked laps on race tyres. As Sylvains Barrier and Guintoli shared airspace fighting for a front row start, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea recorded 1'43.5s and everyone went back to get their fast boots.

Loris Baz put in a messy fast lap but the top spot was taken off him by Sylvain Guintoli on a clean fast lap. Jonathan Rea threw down the gauntlet with a 1'42.972 but Tom Sykes ripped a half second off that with a 1'42.484, taking another pole position.

Chaz Davies took third place as the only other rider under 1'43 with Marco Melandri, Loris Baz and Sylvain Guintoli on the second row within a twentieth of a second.

Results:

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'42.484   300,0
2 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.765 0.281 299,2
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'42.924 0.440 299,2
4 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.038 0.554 300,0
5 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.048 0.564 299,2
6 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.076 0.592 304,2
7 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.245 0.761 295,9
8 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'43.317 0.833 295,1
9 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.475 0.991 296,7
10 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'43.754 1.270 291,1
11 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.840 1.356 291,1
12 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'44.361 1.877 288,0

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'43.983   285,7
2 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'44.005 0.022 285,7
3 86 A. BADOVINI Bimota BB3 EVO 1'44.472 0.489 281,3
4 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 1'44.590 0.607 278,4
5 2 C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO 1'44.971 0.988 287,2
6 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'45.198 1.215 279,1
7 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'45.543 1.560 281,3
8 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'45.805 1.822 281,3
9 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory      
10 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR      

 

Round Number: 
8
2014
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