2017 Chang Thailand World Superbike Superpole Results: No Qualifying Tyres

In the opening session, ten riders competed for two places, with Lorenzo Savadori and Stefan Bradl the two quickest Superpole one qualifiers in yesterday’s timed sessions. No Superpole tyres would be available in either session as their delivery was delayed.

Leon Camier was the quickest after one lap with a 1’34.663 and a lap later, he’d reduced that to 1’34.202. Lorenzo Savadori was six tenths behind on his first lap. After two timed laps, everyone pulled into the pits for a tyre change. Stefan Bradl and Savadori were the only riders within a second of Camier’s time. After a long wait, riders headed back out with only five minutes remaining and there was lots of faffing around as riders looked for a tow.

Nicky Hayden quickly improved on his position, taking third off Bradl only to be knocked down to fourth by Randy Krummenacher but on the last lap, nobody was able to improve their times and Leon Camier qualified for Superpole two with Lorenzo Savadori.

Jonathan Rea was first out, as is customary, with Eugene Laverty behind him. Rea set a 1’33.667 With Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies setting second and third fastest laps further back on their opening the laps. Marco Melandri on his second lap was two tenths quicker with a 1’33.457 and put himself at the top of the sheet as everyone pulled into their garages to stare at an empty pile of missing qualifying tyres. Davies crashed at turn six, copying Jordi Torres earlier this session, and he couldn’t get the engine started, relying on the power generated by a fistful of marshals to get it moving. Davies returned as Melandri was heading back out.

Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty quickly put them into second and third places but Tom Sykes was quickest as the flag came out with a 1’33.192 only to have Jonathan Rea, having lost a quick lap, smash the qualifying record with a 1’32.957.

The first row for race one will be Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri. Alex Lowes, Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark rounded out the second row.

Update: The Pirelli Superpole tyres were damaged during transportation and replacements were freighted in from their factory in Germany, but they couldn't clear customs in time for qualifying, so Pirelli gave everyone an additional SC0 tyre. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.957   303,4
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.192 0.235 300,8
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'33.457 0.500 303,4
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.529 0.572 298,3
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.561 0.604 302,5
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.617 0.660 301,7
7 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'33.621 0.664 305,9
8 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'34.188 1.231 300,0
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'34.207 1.250 300,0
10 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.252 1.295 300,0
11 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'34.525 1.568 296,7
12 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.807 1.850 305,1
13 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.647 0.445 293,5
14 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.698 0.496 295,9
15 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.816 0.614 294,3
16 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.155 0.953 300,8
17 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.206 1.004 287,2
18 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.226 1.024 295,9
19 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.587 1.385 295,1
20 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.993 1.791 292,7

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'34.202   295,9
2 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'34.439 0.237 297,5
3 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.647 0.445 293,5
4 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.698 0.496 295,9
5 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.816 0.614 294,3
6 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.155 0.953 300,8
7 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.206 1.004 287,2
8 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.226 1.024 295,9
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.587 1.385 295,1
10 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.993 1.791 292,7

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.957   303,4
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.192 0.235 300,8
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'33.457 0.500 303,4
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.529 0.572 298,3
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.561 0.604 302,5
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.617 0.660 301,7
7 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'33.621 0.664 305,9
8 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'34.188 1.231 300,0
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'34.207 1.250 300,0
10 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.252 1.295 300,0
11 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'34.525 1.568 296,7
12 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.807 1.850 305,1

 

Round Number: 
2
2017
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Comments

Good thing there were no qualifiers. I've always wondered why they still are being used when there is no tyre war going on. I don't like spec tyres, but at least one of the advantages is that you can easily ban qualifiers, since there is no actual need for them. So why are they still throwing them in, when it only makes matters more complicated and expensive? Why not simply use the softest option race tyre as your qualifying tyre, it's the same for everybody. It will save set-up time as well.