2017 Chang Thailand World Supersport Superpole Results: Return Of The Wildcards

Superpole one had thirteen riders competing for two places. Federico Caricasulo and Michael Canducci were eleventh and twelfth fastest, making them favourites to qualify for Superpole two.

After a lap, Niki Tuuli was on top, posting a 1’38.676 ahead of Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Aiden Wagner. Kazuki Watanabe stayed out, deciding on a one tyre strategy unlike everyone else. Wagner crashed out in his second session, leaving his third best time as a beatable target for the ten riders slower than him at that point.

Federico Caricasulo beat the flag, putting in a 1’38.389 just before the flag came out, with Niki Tuuli only seventy nine thousandths off his pace catching the flag and unable to challenge. Caricasulo improved once again only with Zulfahmi Khairuddin just three hundredths behind his 1’38.324, knocking Tuuli out of promotion. Championship leader Robbie Rolfo will start second the race last.

In Superpole two, PJ Jacobsen set the first fast lap but seconds later, Decha Kraisart went quickest dragging his teammate Chalermpol Polamai through behind him. A lap later, it was Polamai’s turn to get the faster lap as the local Thai riders both improved their times.

Gino Rea suffered a visor malfunction as he headed out for the second half of the session and was helped by the ever-present marshals, but he required a replacement as the marshals couldn’t get his number one helmet started. Jules Cluzel met Chalermpol Polamai and lost time getting past him but still went quickest with Lucas Mahias third quickest knocking Decha Kraisart off the front row. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Kyle Smith completed the second row.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'37.683   259,0
2 39 C. POLAMAI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.130 0.447 260,9
3 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.156 0.473 267,3
4 24 D. KRAISART Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.182 0.499 257,8
5 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.205 0.522 257,8
6 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'38.226 0.543 258,4
7 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.290 0.607 264,7
8 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'38.349 0.666 262,8
9 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 1'38.436 0.753 259,6
10 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.481 0.798 261,5
11 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.661 0.978 256,5
12 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.423 1.740 257,1
13 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.468 0.144 263,4
14 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.641 0.317 260,2
15 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 1'38.789 0.465 258,4
16 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 1'38.879 0.555 259,6
17 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.882 0.558 260,9
18 100 T. WAROKORN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.936 0.612 261,5
19 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.172 0.848 258,4
20 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.472 1.148 256,5
21 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.517 1.193 260,2
22 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 1'39.851 1.527 254,1
23 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 1'40.949 2.625 259,0

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.324   263,4
2 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.354 0.030 260,2
3 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.468 0.144 263,4
4 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.641 0.317 260,2
5 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 1'38.789 0.465 258,4
6 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 1'38.879 0.555 259,6
7 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.882 0.558 260,9
8 100 T. WAROKORN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.936 0.612 261,5
9 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.172 0.848 258,4
10 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.472 1.148 256,5
11 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.517 1.193 260,2
12 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 1'39.851 1.527 254,1
13 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 1'40.949 2.625 259,0

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'37.683   259,0
2 39 C. POLAMAI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.130 0.447 260,9
3 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.156 0.473 267,3
4 24 D. KRAISART Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.182 0.499 257,8
5 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.205 0.522 257,8
6 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'38.226 0.543 258,4
7 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.290 0.607 264,7
8 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'38.349 0.666 262,8
9 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 1'38.436 0.753 259,6
10 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.481 0.798 261,5
11 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.661 0.978 256,5
12 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.423 1.740 257,1

 

Round Number: 
2
2017
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Comments

Awesome, Jules Cluzel is so good, a ray of sunshine for Honda. Congratulations to all the local riders. particularly Polamai.

Who do I think will be on the SBK podium, that I might try. Who do I think wil be on the Supersport podium not game to have a guess. Any of the front row, any of the first ten, or first sixteen, 1st twenty

Best of luck to all the supersport people.

Robbie Rolfo will start the race second last, 22nd on the grid, Roberto could win it.

So what exactly happened to Luke Stapleford? I read that he and Stefan Hill have been 'withdrawn for technical reasons'; does that mean they had engine failures on the Triumphs or was it something with the regulations?

It means they didn't have the parts available to fix their bikes. It's a problem with fly-away rounds.