2015 Phillip Island World Superbike Superpole Results: Red Flags Abound

With no Evo class for 2015, an easily predicted division between Superpoles one and two isn't as clear-cut as it was last year. The weather was warm and clear and the track was hot, but red flags affected both sessions.

Superpole one opened with Leandro Mercado setting a pace lap of 1'32.062 on the Ducati Panigale. Mat Walters brought out a yellow flag on turn one with a high-speed crash, losing the front and sliding into the fields at over 100mph. He walked away from the crash. A red flag was brought out to clear up the debris from his crash, with five and a half minutes remaining.

With enough time left to only get one lap on a qualifying tyre, and the track only letting the tyres last for one fast lap, it was clear that the fastest time would fall. Matteo Baiocco recorded a 1'31.639 as the first qualifying time and with that ensured he would be promoted to Superpole two. Mercado managed to hold off a late charge from Randy de Puniet and take the second promotion spot.

Leon Haslam was the first out of pit lane but his fast lap was beaten by Jonathan Rea with a 1'31.212 and Chaz Davies. David Salom was the first rider out on a qualifier, having not gone out in the first half, but he crashed on a fast lap, bringing out the red flags. His crash on the last corner sent him tumbling head over heels, impacting the gravel with his helmet a few times and he was carried off on a stretcher fairly quickly.

Chaz Davies squeaked in a 1'30.800 as the flags came out, but he had the lap deleted as the flags had come out before his lap was completed. As time marched on, with 3'52 remaining on the clock, the remainder of the session was cancelled.

As nobody put in a lap with a qualifying tyre, Rea's fastest time was unbeaten and he starts in pole position in his first race with Kawasaki. Chaz Davies and Leon Haslam complete the front row.

David Salom was reported as being concious and was transported to the Medical Centre.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
    Superpole Two        
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.212   311,2
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'31.238 0.026 313,0
3 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'31.507 0.295 313,0
4 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'31.613 0.401 313,0
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.042 0.830 310,3
6 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'32.081 0.869 311,2
7 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'32.243 1.031 305,9
8 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.265 1.053 305,9
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'32.446 1.234 314,0
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'32.841 1.629 310,3
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R      
12 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R      
    Superpole One        
13 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'31.885 0.246 305,1
14 21 T. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale R 1'32.201 0.562 305,1
15 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'32.668 1.029 303,4
16 77 J. METCHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.727 1.088 304,2
17 59 N. CANEPA EBR 1190 RX 1'32.998 1.359 296,7
18 20 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR 1'33.057 1.418 309,5
19 12 M. WALTERS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.477 1.838 296,7
20 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.716 2.077 301,7
    No Superpole        
21 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.960 3.169
22 72 L. PEGRAM EBR 1190 RX 1'34.323 3.532
23 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.324 3.533
24 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'34.633 3.842
25 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'36.699 5.908

 

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Comments

For a 45yo who hasn't raced a superbike in 6 years - and up against a whole field who spent last weekend cutting laps at the Island - he's doing great.

Can't wait to see how he goes once in the heat of battle. If he can get the set-up just a little closer to his liking in morning warm-up... Davies has shown that the Duc certainly has the pace.

Pretty special from Rea, though!

... start to the race weekend, I think Bayliss would've been even higher up the running order. Losing the first practice to technical issues is a huge setback when track time is at an absolute premium.

By the way, anyone see that high side? So happy to see him luck out in that tumble!

Well done to Michael van der Mark, 4th place as a rookie!

It would of been nice for the first qualifying of the year to have actually happened. Any reason except time slot that the session was cancelled?

(Worth getting up at 4am for...)

Glad Salom is seemingly okay, was a nasty crash.