Unlike the usual schedule, with limited pit space causing the absence of World Supersport and requiring all manner of logistical shifts, all three timed qualifying sessions took place on the Friday, with the entries to Superpole decided yesterday.
Loris Baz opened up the session with a 1'24.325, leaving Sylvain Barrier who was hoping for a tow, in his wake. He improved that to a 1'24.038 and, on his third lap, ran wide and dropped his bike into the sandbox at turn six. Baz limped his bike back to the pits and he waited to see if his eight tenths lead would last the remaining eight minutes and if the team could get his bike cleaned up for the second session he hoped to take part in.
With the qualifying tyres coming out, Baz's lead didn't last long, and he had to take his rapidly checked and cleaned bike back out as he saw Niccolò Canepa and Sylvain Barrier knock him out of contention. His first lap on the qualifier, he regained his top spot and on his second lap, he solidified it with a 1'23.471 and would be joined in the second session with Niccolò Canepa.
Sylvain Guintoli set the pace in the second session, with a 1'23.233 and four other riders within a tenth of a second. At the halfway mark, everyone pulled into the pits and put a qualifying tyre on.
Davide Giugliano was the first to put in a lap with the faster rubber on, and a 1'22.422 set the outright lap record and held it for about a minute until Sylvain Guintoli took it off him.
However, it fell to Tom Sykes to really shift the goalposts. A smooth and controlled lap on a qualifying tyre put him in pole position by over half a second with a 1'21.811, firing a shot across everyone's bows.
Tom Sykes was joined on the front row by Sylvain Guintoli and, for the second weekend in a row, Chaz Davies.
"The ninja got a bit fruity on me down the corkscrew." Tom Sykes on his record-breaking lap.
|1||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'21.811||254,0|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'22.339||0.528||255,8|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'22.384||0.573||250,4|
|4||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'22.422||0.611||249,8|
|5||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'22.704||0.893||252,2|
|6||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'22.725||0.914||254,0|
|7||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||1'23.181||1.370||253,4|
|8||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'23.242||1.431||248,7|
|9||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'23.358||1.547||251,0|
|10||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||1'23.501||1.690||255,8|
|11||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'23.562||1.751||249,2|
|12||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||1'23.924||2.113||249,8|
|1||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'23.471||247,5|
|2||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||1'23.566||0.095||247,5|
|3||52||S. BARRIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'23.840||0.369||243,6|
|4||2||C. IDDON||Bimota BB3 EVO||1'24.024||0.553||243,6|
|5||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'24.227||0.756||246,4|
|6||86||A. BADOVINI||Bimota BB3 EVO||1'24.301||0.830||245,8|
|7||67||B. STARING||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'24.986||1.515||240,3|
|8||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'25.021||1.550||240,8|
|9||19||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta F4 RR||1'25.157||1.686||245,8|
|10||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'25.383||1.912||241,9|