2018 Brno World Supersport Superpole Results: Warm Weather Challenges

World Supersport Superpole one was contested by twenty one riders with Kyle Smith and Rob Hartog favourites to get promoted based on yesterday's times.

After one lap, Kyle Smith led Alfonso Coppola and Andrew Irwin, with a 2'04.954 and a lap later Smith took a 2'04.922 into the break.

After the break, Hannes Soomer put himself into second place behind Kyle Smith only to be knocked down to third by Hikari Okubo and a lap later, Okubo pushed Smith off the top spot  with nobody able else to challenge the top two times. Smith And Okubo joined the top ten for Superpole two. 

The second session opened with a 2'03.277 from Sandro Cortese which was topped by a 2'03.274 from Randy Krummenacher, a mere three thousandths of a second quicker. Raffaele De Rosa was third quickest as the riders pitted in for a cup of tea, or something.

Sandro Cortese took the top spot by sixth tenths of a second with a 2'02.670, the first 2'02 lap of the weekend, and the flag came out. With nobody able to improve too much, the grid was set with bikes still circulating. Sandro Cortese was the only rider with a 2'02 lap as Randy Krummenacher met yellow flags on his last chance to get close to Cortese, but he was still second on the grid ahead of Jules Cluzel. 

The second row was headed by Raffaele De Rosa who crashed out of his last lap, chucking his MV Agusta into the scenery, splitting the tank from the frame as his bike tried to make a bid for freedom. Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo swapped places in the dying seconds of the session with Mahias taking fifth from Caricasulo.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'02.670   251,2
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.274 0.604 250,0
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.323 0.653 255,3
4 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'03.626 0.956 250,0
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.671 1.001 251,2
6 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.740 1.070 247,7
7 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'04.175 1.505 247,7
8 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.381 1.711 247,1
9 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.411 1.741 247,7
10 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.465 1.795 251,7
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'04.482 1.812 245,5
12 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.716 2.046 249,4
13 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 2'05.052 0.135 251,2
14 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 2'05.163 0.246 251,2
15 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'05.193 0.276 244,9
16 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.232 0.315 249,4
17 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 2'05.615 0.698 250,0
18 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.641 0.724 254,7
19 19 A. BALDOLINI Honda CBR600RR 2'05.687 0.770 250,6
10 44 L. MORCIANO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'05.915 0.998 248,8
21 65 M. CANDUCCI Honda CBR600RR 2'06.312 1.395 245,5
22 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 2'06.315 1.398 246,0
23 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.332 1.415 250,6
24 23 M. ENDERLEIN Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.458 1.541 247,1
25 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'06.676 1.759 246,6
26 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'06.806 1.889 247,7
27 48 G. MOLNAR Honda CBR600RR 2'06.808 1.891 251,7
28 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'07.380 2.463 249,4
29 14 M. CHALUPA Yamaha YZF R6 2'07.522 2.605 244,9
30 69 P. COPPA Honda CBR600RR 2'10.544 5.627 241,1

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.917   253,5
2 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'04.922 0.005 246,0
3 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 2'05.052 0.135 251,2
4 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 2'05.163 0.246 251,2
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'05.193 0.276 244,9
6 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.232 0.315 249,4
7 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 2'05.615 0.698 250,0
8 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.641 0.724 254,7
9 19 A. BALDOLINI Honda CBR600RR 2'05.687 0.770 250,6
10 44 L. MORCIANO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'05.915 0.998 248,8
11 65 M. CANDUCCI Honda CBR600RR 2'06.312 1.395 245,5
12 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 2'06.315 1.398 246,0
13 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.332 1.415 250,6
14 23 M. ENDERLEIN Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.458 1.541 247,1
15 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'06.676 1.759 246,6
16 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'06.806 1.889 247,7
17 48 G. MOLNAR Honda CBR600RR 2'06.808 1.891 251,7
18 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'07.380 2.463 249,4
19 14 M. CHALUPA Yamaha YZF R6 2'07.522 2.605 244,9
20 69 P. COPPA Honda CBR600RR 2'10.544 5.627 241,1

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'02.670   251,2
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.274 0.604 250,0
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.323 0.653 255,3
4 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'03.626 0.956 250,0
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.671 1.001 251,2
6 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.740 1.070 247,7
7 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'04.175 1.505 247,7
8 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.381 1.711 247,1
9 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.411 1.741 247,7
10 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.465 1.795 251,7
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'04.482 1.812 245,5
12 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.716 2.046 249,4
Round Number: 
7
2018
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Comments

As of Donington. Hill is still on the Triumph, though.

I have to admit that I'm strangely happy to see him do worse now. He had the best season start ever on the Triumph, being a top-10 regular or better, and now on the R6 he has not scored a point yet and is even lingering around 20th place. Makes you think how good that Triumph Daytona 675R may be...

Agreed Pvalver! He and the Triumph were my primary focus amongst the R6 cup. They were doing so well!

The bike is an amazing package right out of the crate. What it doesn't do well is respond significantly to SS motor building for horsepower near the top of the revs. The handling is a dream. The manner in which the motor brings the power is fantastic. It is just ALMOST there. I went from the Honda to it and it is like a dream.

I can appreciate Stapleford being frustrated and wanting an R6. Wishing them well as they figure the bike out.

But - the 675R has zero electronics and Moto2 handling! The R6 is a mini R1-M and I am holding on to leaving that shite for over 160hp where it is needed. No condoms with your wife for the same reasons.
;)

Same here, I was always cheering Luke on because I just love those Daytonas (they are indeed a dream to ride on track), and of course because the odd one out is always interesting. I wonder if he fell into the trap of simply wanting the bike that other people win on, like it is often the pattern in racing. The sheep mentality of just following others, so to speak. We've seen the same conservative approach in Moto2 for years, riders and teams just seeming to want what everybody else has, or what happens to be winning at that moment, instead of working on developing something different to possibly get real gains and make a difference. Maybe Stapleford is finding out now that his Triumph had strengths that the Yamaha hasn't, and that the extra top-end power may not be all that decisive after all. 

Actually his teammate Stefan Hill on the Triumph was way ahead of Stapleford during the race (until he retired, don't know what happened), while that was never the case before. So I'm curious to see how this develops. Fortunately there's still De Rosa on the MV triple to cheer for ;-)