2014 Qatar World Superbike Superpole Results: The Last Qualifying Of The Year

Late night superpole under the lights at Qatar, with Marco Melandri entering the first session as the man most likely to be promoted.

Melandri pushed to the front of the crowd, making the most of his 20kmh advantage over the Evo bikes, and set the benchmark with a 1'59.031 on a race tyre before pulling into the pits to get the qualifying tyre fitted, while most of the rest of the field stayed out for a second lap on the slower tyre.

With the quicker rubber on, Melandri towed David Salom to second place taking the top spot with a 1'58.468. Sylvain Barrier, third quickest, crashed while trying to qualify for superpole two, having a nasty high side crash that summoned the red flags, ending the session after the flag. Barrier refused the stretcher and walked away from his crash under his own steam. Geoff May finished his first Superpole in ninth place, nineteenth on the grid, ahead of Sheridan Morais who didn't record a lap.

In superpole two, Sylvain Guintoli set the first quick lap that was beaten first by Loris Baz, then by Davide Giugliano. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes also put in quick laps on the standard tyres. With five minutes left, the qualifying Pirellis were fitted and the last qualifying laps of the year were run.

Loris Baz scrubbed over half a second off the quickest lap with the first qualifying tyre time but Davide Giugliano took a further quarter of a second off it.

Tom Sykes was third quickest and took the last front row place with Sylvain Guintoli in the middle of the second row in fifth place. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes both crashed, in separate incidents, and had to fall back to their race tyre laps.

Superpole 2 Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'57.033   315,8
2 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.281 0.248 314,0
3 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.468 0.435 318,6
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'57.562 0.529 313,0
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.833 0.800 325,3
6 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.005 0.972 313,0
7 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.190 1.157 317,6
8 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.355 1.322 326,3
9 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.379 1.346 314,9
10 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.583 1.550 326,3
11 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.919 1.886 312,1
12 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'59.015 1.982 306,8

Superpole 1 Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.468   325,3
2 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'58.554 0.086 305,1
3 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'58.918 0.450 302,5
4 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 1'59.492 1.024 303,4
5 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'59.601 1.133 302,5
6 95 A. CUDLIN Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.439 1.971 299,2
7 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.638 2.170 291,1
8 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.817 2.349 298,3
9 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 2'01.860 3.392 299,2

Qualifying:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
1 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'57.033
2 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.281
3 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.468
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'57.562
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.833
6 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.005
7 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.190
8 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.355
9 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.379
10 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.583
11 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.919
12 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'59.015
13 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'59.390
14 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 1'59.284
15 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.294
16 95 A. CUDLIN Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'02.461
17 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'01.447
18 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'01.223
19 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 2'01.801
20 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.487
21 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 2'02.097
22 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 2'02.866
23 16 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR EVO 2'03.704
24 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'04.721

 

Round Number: 
12
2014
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