2018 Imola World Superbike Superpole Results: Avoid The Chicane Noodles

Superpole one at Imola was contested by twelve riders aiming for two spots with Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes the two favourites to qualify for advancement.

After one lap, Laverty and Lowes were the last two to record a time but they sat in the top two positions as expected, Laverty recording a 1'47.636, over eight tenths quicker than Lowes and over a second and a half quicker than everyone else. Lowes was briefly knocked off second spot by Loris Baz, but he quickly regained his spot, three tenths off Laverty's time. After two quick laps, everyone apart from Jason O'Halloran pitted in for a few changes. Eugene Laverty didn't return to the track after the break, giving Lowes the opportunity to take the top spot with a 1'47.097. He was joined by Toprak Razgatloiglu, knocking Laverty off the top two and out of Superpole two, but fate threw a spanner into the works and Razgatloiglu's lap time was deleted for exceeding the track limits, putting his bike inside the floppy noodles on the entry to the Variante Bassa chicane. 

Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty were promoted to Superpole two where they could fight the ten fastest riders for position on the front four rows. Jason O'Halloran stayed out the whole session to make up for missing time yesterday.

Jonathan Rea opened Superpole two with a 1'47.018 only to ke knocked off the top spot by his teammate Tom Sykes who posted a 1'46.540, almost half a second quicker than Rea. Chaz Davies, who shared the quickest time yesterday with Rea, was third quickest. After Sykes's time was deleted for noodle dodging, Rea reasserted his position with a 1'46.418.

On his second quick lap, Chaz Davies crashed at turn twenty two, losing the front after hitting the inside kerb. As everyone pitted in, he worked on getting his bike to the garage. 

Jordi Torres and Michael Ruben Rinaldi put themselves on the provisional front row, behind Jonathan Rea, once the qualifying tyres were brought out, but Marco Melandri knocked everyone down a spot with a 1'46.227, beaten shortly after by Tom Sykes with a 1'46.109 and by Jonathan Rea with a 1'45.797. As the flag came out, Chaz Davies, on a freshly cleaned Ducati, pushed Melandri off the front row, claiming third place. 

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes put Kawasaki in the top two places, ahead of the Ducatis of Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri and Xavi Fores. Eugene Laverty, returning from injury, took the last spot on the second row.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.797   279,3
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.109 0.312 277,1
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.162 0.365 280,7
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.227 0.430 280,7
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.689 0.892 275,0
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.692 0.895 277,8
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'46.820 1.023 275,0
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.853 1.056 276,4
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.921 1.124 275,7
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.115 1.318 273,6
11 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.547 1.750 272,2
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.710 1.913 275,7
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'47.776 0.679 272,9
14 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.020 0.923 275,7
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.086 0.989 272,9
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.138 1.041 272,2
17 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.313 1.216 278,5
18 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.411 1.314 271,5
19 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.518 1.421 270,9
20 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.606 1.509 270,2
21 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.958 1.861 272,9
22 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.062 2.965 272,2

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.097   275,7
2 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.636 0.539 277,8
3 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'47.776 0.679 272,9
4 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.020 0.923 275,7
5 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.086 0.989 272,9
6 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.138 1.041 272,2
7 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.313 1.216 278,5
8 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.411 1.314 271,5
9 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.518 1.421 270,9
10 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.606 1.509 270,2
11 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.958 1.861 272,9
12 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.062 2.965 272,2

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.797   279,3
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.109 0.312 277,1
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.162 0.365 280,7
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.227 0.430 280,7
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.689 0.892 275,0
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.692 0.895 277,8
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'46.820 1.023 275,0
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.853 1.056 276,4
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.921 1.124 275,7
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.115 1.318 273,6
11 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.547 1.750 272,2
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.710 1.913 275,7
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