2018 Philip Island World Supersport Superpole Results: Exciting Opening Session

World Supersport Superpole one was contested by twelve riders, with Stefan Hill sitting the session out after being declared unfit. 

Heading into the mid-session tea break, Ayrton Badovini and Loris Cresson held off Mike Di Meglio for the qualifying places but after the tyre change, Niki Tuuli pushed his way to third place with Thomas Gradinger taking it off him a minute later. 

Ayrton Badovini upped the pace once more and set a 1'34.576 to consolidate his promotion. With forty seconds to go, Hikari Okubo leapt up the table to take second place and as the flag came out, Gradinger and Tuuli were on fast laps, but they couldn't keep up the pace required to get into the promotional spots and Ayrton Badovini and Hikari Okubo joined the ten fastest riders for Superpole two. 

The second session had eleven riders rush out while Lucas Mahias waited a lap before joining them. As the first mass of riders crossed the line, Ayrton Badovini came out on top until Federico Caricasulo and Ant West knocked him down a step. Lucas Mahoas finally set a flying lap with a 1'33.934 to take the provisional pole position until once again Federico Caricasulo took the top spot. Mahias pitted back in after just one lap and everyone followed him. 

Luke Stapleford was the first out, with Ant West and Ayrton Badovini a sector behind him. As he started his lap, everyone was on the track with fresh tyres. Kenan Sofuoglu and Lucas Mahias started setting fast laps, but only Sofuoglu could hold the pace, putting himself at the top by a quarter of a second. A lap later, Lucas Mahias took almost four tenths off Sofuoglu's time. 

As the flag came out, nobody could get close to Mahias, but Federico Caricasulo strung a fast lap together and sneaked into second place. The session ended with Lucas Mahias ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Kenan Sofuoglu with Sandro Cortese, Ant West and Luke Stapleford making up the second row. 

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.160   261,5
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.519 0.359 265,4
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.540 0.380 270,0
4 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.812 0.652 265,4
5 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.843 0.683 262,1
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'33.973 0.813 259,6
7 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.094 0.934 264,1
8 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'34.329 1.169 262,1
9 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.333 1.173 269,3
10 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'34.438 1.278 266,0
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'34.781 1.621 262,8
12 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.318 2.158 268,0
13 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.850 0.274 168,708
14 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.973 0.397 168,490
15 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'34.997 0.421 168,447
16 94 M. DI MEGLIO Yamaha YZF R6 1'35.172 0.596 168,138
17 7 T. TOPARIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.417 0.841 167,706
18 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.456 0.880 167,637
19 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'35.498 0.922 167,564
20 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'35.615 1.039 167,359
21 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.107 1.531 166,502
22 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.166 1.590 166,400

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'34.576   169,197
2 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.803 0.227 168,792
3 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.850 0.274 168,708
4 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.973 0.397 168,490
5 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'34.997 0.421 168,447
6 94 M. DI MEGLIO Yamaha YZF R6 1'35.172 0.596 168,138
7 7 T. TOPARIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.417 0.841 167,706
8 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.456 0.880 167,637
9 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'35.498 0.922 167,564
10 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'35.615 1.039 167,359
11 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.107 1.531 166,502
12 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.166 1.590 166,400

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.160   261,5
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.519 0.359 265,4
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.540 0.380 270,0
4 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.812 0.652 265,4
5 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.843 0.683 262,1
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'33.973 0.813 259,6
7 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.094 0.934 264,1
8 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'34.329 1.169 262,1
9 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.333 1.173 269,3
10 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'34.438 1.278 266,0
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'34.781 1.621 262,8
12 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.318 2.158 268,0
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