2015 Donington World Superbike Superpole Results: Strategy And Routines

Superpole One opened early in a typical English holiday weekend; overcast, cold and a little bit breezy.

Sylvain Guintoli set the first flying lap time, but it was Jordi Torres who slotted in at the top shortly after with a 1'28.748, a time that would survive until the qualifying tyres were fitted. Torres was the first rider out on the softer tyres, leaving a minute before everyone else, a tactic that backfired when he started his flying lap as slower riders were leaving the pits, ruining his first fast lap as he hit traffic.

As Torres finished his second lap on qualifying tyres, he was second to David Salom. When Sylvain Guintoli took the top spot with a 1'28.556 then a 1'28.552, Torres was doomed to 13th position on the grid. Guintoli and Salom would progress to Superpole Two.

In Superpole Two, Jonathan Rea was, as usual, the first out and the first to set a lap time, but five riders immediately went quicker with Alex Lowes quickest. Lowes then beat his own time again, recording a 1'27.670 on race tyres. Tom Sykes was second-quickest, over a quarter of a second back, before change for the "Qs".

Qualifying seems to have settled into a routine, with every superpole session starting on race tyres, taking a break in the middle as everyone pits in for qualifying tyres and the final fast runs. It seems that no longer does anyone take a punt on sticky tyres early on. This session would follow this now routine pattern.

Leon Haslam was the first to depose Lowes, followed by Davide Giugliano, the first rider to beat Tom Sykes's pole position time from last year, but then the Kawasakis turned up. Sykes setting the faster time, a 1'27.071, Jonathan Rea under a quarter of a second behind him. Alex Lowes nearly set a faster time, looking on the pace through the first three sectors, but he lost it all in the last sector, the area of heavy braking that would really test the engine braking weakness of his electronic package.

Tom Sykes gets another pole position with Jonathan Rea once more on the front row. Davide Giugliano in third, in spite of his usual crashes, continuing his charge to make up for missed weekends.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.071   268,2
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.308 0.237 267,5
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'27.344 0.273 268,2
4 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.535 0.464 270,2
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'27.554 0.483 268,9
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'27.710 0.639 267,5
7 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.011 0.940 263,6
8 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.188 1.117 266,2
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.370 1.299 264,9
10 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.620 1.549 264,9
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'28.701 1.630 267,5
12 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.715 1.644 266,9
13 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.689 0.137 270,2
14 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'28.827 0.275 263,6
15 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.991 0.439 264,9
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.436 0.884 262,3
17 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.668 1.116 263,0
18 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.686 1.134 259,2
19 59 N. CANEPA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.783 1.231 260,4
20 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.839 2.287 253,1
21 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'32.647 4.475 254,3
22 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'34.024 5.852 250,2

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.552   263,6
2 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.643 0.091 263,0
3 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.689 0.137 270,2
4 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'28.827 0.275 263,6
5 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.991 0.439 264,9
6 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.436 0.884 262,3
7 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.668 1.116 263,0
8 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.686 1.134 259,2
9 59 N. CANEPA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.783 1.231 260,4
10 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.839 2.287 253,1

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.071   268,2
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.308 0.237 267,5
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'27.344 0.273 268,2
4 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.535 0.464 270,2
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'27.554 0.483 268,9
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'27.710 0.639 267,5
7 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.011 0.940 263,6
8 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.188 1.117 266,2
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.370 1.299 264,9
10 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.620 1.549 264,9
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'28.701 1.630 267,5
12 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.715 1.644 266,9

 

Round Number: 
6
2015
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