2016 Qatar World Superbike Superpole Results: Lap Record Tumbles

The last qualifying of the year took place after the sun set over Qatar, with fifteen bikes and riders taking part in the first Superpole session, with Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark the fastest men not to automatically qualify for the second session.

Leon Haslam ran rings around Josh Brookes to set his first lap time but Davide Giugliano and Markus Reiterberger set the top two benchmarks with the factory Ducati man recording a 1'58.231. Michael van der Mark then sliced two tenths of a second off the quickest time, unhindered by traffic. As usual, everyone popped back to their garages halfway through and as they headed back out, they jostled for position, looking for a helpful little tow.

Michael van der Mark took the flag with a 1'57.550 and Davide Giugliano, two thirds of a second slower, took the other qualifying slot, denying 2016 Superstock champ Rafaele De Rosa and 2015 British champ Josh Brookes entry into Superpole two in thirteenth and fourteenth places respectively.

Jonathan Rea was the first rider out, as he has been so many times this year, looking eager to just tie up his second title in a row, setting a 1'57.922 only to have Jordi Torres knock him down a place with a 1'57.697. Tom Sykes, in spite of tumultuous qualifying up to now, recorded a 1'57.616 on his first flying lap.

Another lap and Rea takes the top step again on race tyres as the field headed to the garage to get the sticker qualifying rubber fitted. With five minutes left, Jordi Torres, a winner here last year, was first out with the "Q" tyre and he set a 1'57.485, with lots of riders on pace to beat his time and as the clock ran out, Nicky Hayden sat at the top with only Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea on pace to catch him and while Davies missed, Rea didn't.

Jonathan Rea took pole position ahead of Nicky Hayden and Chaz Davies with Sykes in fifth place between the Yamahas of Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes.

Results:

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.356   310,3
2 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'56.561 0.205 311,2
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'56.602 0.246 310,3
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.866 0.510 310,3
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.935 0.579 309,5
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.014 0.658 305,9
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'57.018 0.662 308,6
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'57.094 0.738 308,6
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'57.126 0.770 306,8
10 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 1'57.485 1.129 309,5
11 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'57.956 1.600 303,4
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'58.480 2.124 301,7
13 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 1'58.289 0.739 312,1
14 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 1'58.437 0.887 308,6
15 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'58.518 0.968 316,7
16 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.622 1.072 303,4
17 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'58.633 1.083 307,7
18 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1'58.934 1.384 310,3
19 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.958 1.408 309,5
20 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.734 2.184 305,1
21 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'59.792 2.242 304,2
22 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.968 2.418 303,4
23 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 2'00.876 3.326 298,3
24 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.624 4.074 305,1
25 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 2'01.667 4.117 301,7

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'57.550   311,2
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'58.231 0.681 304,2
3 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 1'58.289 0.739 312,1
4 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 1'58.437 0.887 308,6
5 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'58.518 0.968 316,7
6 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.622 1.072 303,4
7 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'58.633 1.083 307,7
8 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1'58.934 1.384 310,3
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.958 1.408 309,5
10 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.734 2.184 305,1
11 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'59.792 2.242 304,2
12 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.968 2.418 303,4
13 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 2'00.876 3.326 298,3
14 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.624 4.074 305,1
15 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 2'01.667 4.117 301,7

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.356   310,3
2 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'56.561 0.205 311,2
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'56.602 0.246 310,3
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.866 0.510 310,3
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.935 0.579 309,5
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.014 0.658 305,9
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'57.018 0.662 308,6
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'57.094 0.738 308,6
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'57.126 0.770 306,8
10 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 1'57.485 1.129 309,5
11 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'57.956 1.600 303,4
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'58.480 2.124 301,7

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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