2016 Donington World Superbike Superpole Results: Two Riders Missing

Superpole opened under clear English skies, but Alex Lowes wouldn't be competing as he was declared unfit due to the collarbone injury he sustained at Sepang. Sheridan Morais, standing in for Josh Hook, was also declared unfit after a crash yesterday.

In Superpole one, Nicky Hayden put in the first fast lap, a 1'28.685 with Xavi Fores getting within striking distance only to have Hayden knock another tenth off before pitting in for a mid-session stop. Luca Scassa didn't pit in with everyone else and instead knocked Michael van der Mark out of fifth place.

Scassa pitted in as everyone else poured out onto the track and Michael van der Mark set the third fastest lap only to have Alex De Angelis take his place from him. Roman Ramos and Xavi Fores were on pace to take the top spot from Hayden but they met Hayden on track and were unable to pass him quickly.

As the flag to end the first session came out, several riders were in contention for beating Hayden and Fores's time, but as their laps played out, nobody could match the top two.

Nicky Hayden and Xavi Fores were both promoted to Superpole two off the back of fast laps set early on. Michael van der Mark missed out on promotion by six hundredths of a second.

Eleven riders contested Superpole two, with Tom Sykes knocking Davide Giugliano off the top spot on his first flying lap with a 1'27.996. Jonathan Rea joined him just over a tenth behind with Lorenzo Savadori continuing his solid weekend's pace knocking Giugliano off the provisional front row.

Then, everyone parked up for sticky rubber. Jordi Torres was the first out, with just over five and a half minutes left and the qualifying tyre helped him to second quickest, but everyone was out and lots were setting faster sectors.

Jonathan Rea held the top spot for a moment until Lorenzo Savadori took it off him, but Tom Sykes was, as usual, getting the most from the "Q" tyre and took a second off his own time, over eight tenths from Savadori.

Chaz Davies snuck under Savadori's time by two hundredths of a second and pushed Jonathan Rea to the second row, but it was Tom Sykes who took his thirty-fifth pole position. Cameron Beaubier qualified in ninth place, starting on the third row for his first World Superbike race.

Results:

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.589   267,3
2 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'28.743 0.154 266,0
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.806 0.217 266,7
4 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.866 0.277 272,7
5 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 1'29.029 0.440 268,7
6 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.289 0.700 266,7
7 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'29.377 0.788 263,4
8 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.377 0.788 265,4
9 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'29.406 0.817 270,0
10 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.275 1.686 263,4
11 94 M. LUSSIANA BMW S1000 RR 1'30.635 2.046 259,0
12 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.378 2.789 256,5
13 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.742 3.153 257,8
14 10 I. TÓTH Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.549 5.960 259,0

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'26.712   268,7
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'27.572 0.860 268,0
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.591 0.879 270,0
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.601 0.889 270,0
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'27.602 0.890 268,7
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 1'28.046 1.334 272,0
7 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.127 1.415 268,0
8 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.409 1.697 266,0
9 6 C. BEAUBIER Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.617 1.905 270,7
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'28.663 1.951 266,7
11 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1'30.345 3.633 268,0

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'26.712   268,7
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'27.572 0.860 268,0
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.591 0.879 270,0
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.601 0.889 270,0
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'27.602 0.890 268,7
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 1'28.046 1.334 272,0
7 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.127 1.415 268,0
8 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.409 1.697 266,0
9 6 C. BEAUBIER Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.617 1.905 270,7
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'28.663 1.951 266,7
11 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1'30.345 3.633 268,0
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.806 0.217 266,7
13 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.866 0.277 272,7
14 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 1'29.029 0.440 268,7
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.289 0.700 266,7
16 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'29.377 0.788 263,4
17 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.377 0.788 265,4
18 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'29.406 0.817 270,0
19 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.275 1.686 263,4
20 94 M. LUSSIANA BMW S1000 RR 1'30.635 2.046 259,0
21 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.378 2.789 256,5
22 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.742 3.153 257,8
23 10 I. TÓTH Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.549 5.960 259,0

 

Round Number: 
7
2016
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Comments

If Americans are looked down upon in World Superbike, it won't be because Cameron and Nicky aren't trying.  I'm amused to see that they both outplaced their teammates.  Now, if they can keep that kind of performance up later today and tomorrow . . .