2018 Imola World Supersport Superpole Results: Rain Halts Play

World Supersport Superpole took place with rain threatening to make an appearance at some point. 

In the first session, Massimo Roccoli and Davide Stirpe held the top spots as the flag came out, but several riders had started hot laps as the clock ran out. Rob Hartog pushed Stirpe out but none of the other riders were able to improve. 

The white limited adhesion flags came out on the last lap and indicated that rain would be taking part in Superpole two alongside Massimo Roccoli, Rob Hartog and the ten fastest guys from Friday.

The threat of rain drove everyone out to bank a lap as quickly as possible, with almost everyone eagerly queued up at the pit exit as the session started. Ayrton Badovini dropped his MV Agusta as part of a group that cut across the grass to avoid crashing in Variante Alta.

The rain turned up before anyone recorded a flying lap, and after one lap, Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel pitted in after setting the two best times. Kenan Sofuoglu was third quickest and after not being able to improve also putted in with everyone else. Badovini, after not pitting in after his early crash, didn't put in before setting a complete lap so his lap was deleted.

And that was it. 

Sandro Cortese tried to improve on ninth place and Ayrton Badovini finally set a lap time, but nobody was interested in trying to find a quick way through the dampening last sector and they just let the clock run out. Lucas Mahias ended the session as he started it, in pole position ahead of Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu. A very happy Kenan Sofuoglu made it clear he wasn't expecting to be on the front row and that he's just here this weekend to say goodbye, declaring that he doesn't really care about tomorrow. Lucas Mahias referred to the conditions as "qualifying for Endurance racers," as he didn't know how the conditions were from one sector to the next, but that he was no stranger to these settings. 

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.042   245,6
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.027 0.985 254,3
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.671 1.629 251,3
4 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.949 1.907 246,7
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.701 5.659 246,7
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'59.495 6.453 242,3
7 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.607 6.565 236,0
8 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.814 6.772 244,5
9 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.028 6.986 247,3
10 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'00.581 7.539 245,6
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.768 10.726 244,5
12 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.866 16.824 244,5
13 63 D. STIRPE MV Agusta F3 675 1'52.367 0.039 249,0
14 53 N. MORRENTINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.565 0.237 247,9
15 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'52.573 0.245 247,9
16 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.643 0.315 252,5
17 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.731 0.403 249,6
18 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'52.874 0.546 246,2
19 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.967 0.639 250,7
20 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.196 0.868 240,7
21 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'53.286 0.958 245,1
22 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'53.444 1.116 244,0
23 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.559 1.231 244,5
24 60 L. GABELLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.748 1.420 244,5
25 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.078 1.750 247,3
26 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.399 2.071 245,6
27 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.459 2.131 245,6
28 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.595 2.267 246,2
29 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.642 2.314 246,7
30 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'54.790 2.462 240,2
31 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.114 3.786 240,7

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.328   246,7
2 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.354 0.026 247,3
3 63 D. STIRPE MV Agusta F3 675 1'52.367 0.039 249,0
4 53 N. MORRENTINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.565 0.237 247,9
5 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'52.573 0.245 247,9
6 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.643 0.315 252,5
7 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.731 0.403 249,6
8 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'52.874 0.546 246,2
9 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.967 0.639 250,7
10 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.196 0.868 240,7
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'53.286 0.958 245,1
12 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'53.444 1.116 244,0
13 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.559 1.231 244,5
14 60 L. GABELLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.748 1.420 244,5
15 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.078 1.750 247,3
16 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.399 2.071 245,6
17 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.459 2.131 245,6
18 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.595 2.267 246,2
19 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.642 2.314 246,7
20 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'54.790 2.462 240,2
21 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.114 3.786 240,7

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.042   245,6
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.027 0.985 254,3
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.671 1.629 251,3
4 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.949 1.907 246,7
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.701 5.659 246,7
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'59.495 6.453 242,3
7 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.607 6.565 236,0
8 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.814 6.772 244,5
9 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.028 6.986 247,3
10 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'00.581 7.539 245,6
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.768 10.726 244,5
12 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.866 16.824 244,5
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2018
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