2015 Sepang World Superbike Superpole Results: Longer Laps, Fewer Chances

Superpole at the longest track of the year, with laps of over two minutes round the 5.543KM circuit, would not allow riders and teams as much time to relax. With no time to waste, and a lap too long for two good laps on the qualifying tyre, riders would get two laps on a race tyre and maybe only one on the qualifier. Ayrton Badovini missed the session after he got a concussion when he crashed with Matteo Baiocco in FP3. He will likely declared unfit for the races tomorrow.

Superpole one was opened with Alex Lowes on a race tyre setting a 2'05.296 with Michael van der Mark second quickest after everyone completed their first lap. Lowes on his second lap improved slightly as everyone headed in to get their stickier one-lap tyre. Riders started heading out with four and a half minutes left, enough time for some of them to get two laps out of the qualifying tyre, but with the usual jostling for clear track or hunting for a tow, very few riders were in a position for more than one flying lap.

Leon Camier set the benchmark on the qualifier with a 2'05.051, but Matteo Baiocco was two thirds of a second quicker, with a 2'04.380 in spite of dodging Leandro Mercado's skidding bike as it crossed the track on its side without its rider. Alex Lowes was the other rider to progress to the second session. Michael van der Mark and Leon Camier missed out on promotion, van der Mark qualifying twelfth if Badovini doesn't race, while Camier will head the fifth row.

The second Superpole session had eleven riders, missing Badovini, competing for the front four rows. Jordi Torres on race rubber set a 2'03.890, the quickest lap of the weekend, nearly matched by Tom Sykes only a twentieth of a second slower. Jonathan Rea. Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli headed straight back into the pits, not bothering with a second lap on race rubber after filling out the top five.

As the quicker tyres were fitted, Chaz Davies was the first rider out before Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Haslam. Guintoli was the first rider to beat Torres's time and Jonathan Rea was on track to beat him, but made two errors, saving slides, and was only fifth quickest as he crossed the line.

Tom Sykes however, came out and quietly set a 2'03.240 and stole pole position, his 28th, as his teammate Rea was pushed down to an eventual seventh place, keeping Sykes's slim hopes of the title win alive. 

Jordi Torres got his best start of the year, setting the second quickest lap of the weekend on his only lap with qualifying tyres.

Sylvain Guintoli took third place, his first visit to Parc Fermé this year, with Max Biaggi, Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies making up the second row.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'03.240  
2 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.510 0.270
3 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'03.836 0.596
4 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.948 0.708
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.018 0.778
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'04.179 0.939
7 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.207 0.967
8 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.214 0.974
9 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'04.654 1.414
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'05.000 1.760
11 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.100 1.860
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'05.009  
13 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.004  
14 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'05.051  
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.145  
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'06.261  
17 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.707  
18 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.525  
19 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.289  
20 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'09.112  
21 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.512  
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'10.585  

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'04.380   291,1
2 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.474 0.094 297,5
3 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.004 0.624 291,9
4 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'05.051 0.671 289,5
5 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.145 1.765 291,9
6 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'06.261 1.881 301,7
7 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.707 2.327 291,9
8 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.525 3.145 282,7
9 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.289 3.909 285,0
10 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'09.112 4.732  

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'03.240   300,0
2 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.510 0.270 306,8
3 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'03.836 0.596 295,1
4 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.948 0.708 305,1
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.018 0.778 297,5
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'04.179 0.939 297,5
7 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.207 0.967 300,8
8 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.214 0.974 302,5
9 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'04.654 1.414 296,7
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'05.000 1.760 295,1
11 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.100 1.860 295,9
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR      

 

Round Number: 
10
2015
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Comments

Agreed Sir_B! It's been painful to see Guinters dragging the chain this year, when everyone knows what he's got in the tank - including his rivals.

I love seeing Torres at the front too - he's precisely what the series needs.

some times you have to look the facts in the face. The guy puts on a good show for the cameras, but he smells like someone who has a lot of money behind him, because he was no where in Moto2 and hes on a factory effort in WSBK. Just connecting the dots ... or the lack thereof.

I didn't know Torres's history but that certainly gives an idea of why he's doing so well. And he's young and still in the steep part of his learning curve. There's probably more to come.