2015 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Something Different

World Superbike returns to the anti-clockwise Laguna Seca after a four-week break in racing, and the Kawasakis and Ducatis have dominated practice, with the Aprilias close behind.

The first session started with Ayrton Badovini and Randy De Puniet qualifying for Superpole in eleventh and twelfth, the two quickest riders and favourites for promotion to Superpole two. Michael van der Mark set the target time of 1'25.755 on race rubber but was beaten by over a second by Badovini. Leon Camier moved to second two tenths off Badovini's time as the riders pitted in for qualifying rubber.

Matteo Baiocco set the first quick lap on qualifying tyres but Ayrton Badovini took the top spot off him on his first quick lap with a 1'23.476. Leandro Mercado took second off Baiocco, but after Baiocco took it back, Leon Camier knocked them both out of contention.

Badovini and Camier joined Superpole two to contest the top twelve places on the grid. Davide Giugliano set a 1'23.086 on normal tyres, followed by Davies with a 1'22.913, the quickest time so far of the weekend. Tom Sykes and Jordi Torres were third and fourth quickest with Leon Haslam, setting his race tyre lap late due to a technical issue holding him back. Haslam pitted in as the first bikes set out on the quicker tyres.

Davies set a 1'22.101 while Giugliano behind him was about a second slower. On his second lap on the one lap tyre, Giugliano pushed a quick Jordi Torres into third place and, in going quick, pushed Alex Lowes wide on the straight to much gesticulation and annoyance. Giugliano ended his lap as Lowes started his and the two tried to share tarmac at different speeds.

Chaz Davies starts from pole position for the first time in his World Superbike career, ahead of his Ducati teammate Davide Giugliano and the Aprilia of Jordi Torres on his first visit to the US. Kawasaki, with Sykes fourth and Rea fifth ahead of Haslam, were notable in their absence from the front row.

Results:

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'22.101  
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'22.297 0.196
3 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'22.414 0.313
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'22.526 0.425
5 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'22.854 0.753
6 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'22.991 0.890
7 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 1'23.256 1.155
8 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'23.285 1.184
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'23.406 1.305
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 1'23.990 1.889
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'23.998 1.897
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'24.663 2.562
13 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'24.146  
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'24.166  
15 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'24.461  
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'24.619  
17 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'24.771  
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'25.485  
19 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'26.489  
20 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'26.968  
21 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.480  
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'28.254  

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'23.476   248,7
2 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 1'24.138 0.662 246,4
3 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'24.146 0.670 244,7
4 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'24.166 0.690 251,0
5 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'24.461 0.985 246,4
6 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'24.619 1.143 242,4
7 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'24.771 1.295 244,7
8 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'25.485 2.009 239,2
9 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'26.489 3.013 240,3
10 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'26.968 3.492 234,5

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'22.101   254,0
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'22.297 0.196 255,2
3 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'22.414 0.313 252,2
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'22.526 0.425 252,8
5 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'22.854 0.753 255,2
6 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'22.991 0.890 256,4
7 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 1'23.256 1.155 252,2
8 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'23.285 1.184 252,2
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'23.406 1.305 252,8
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 1'23.990 1.889 245,2
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'23.998 1.897 248,7
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'24.663 2.562 248,1

 

Round Number: 
9
2015
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Comments

Torres! Quite an accomplishment to arrive at Laguna for the first time and get up front, tricky hard to learn track that benefits those with lots of courage and technical skills.

Agreed on all counts (again) V4 my friend. I love everything about this track except for getting in and out of there travelling. The Corkscrew is obviously fantastic, but so is the sweeping off camber left Rainey Curve after it, and the terrifying cresting left kink T1 in the "straight' that shoots down into a scary braking zone for T2.

Laguna is a work of art...it demands something special.
;)