2018 Magny-Cours World Superbike Superpole Results: Smart Strategies Don't Always Work

World Superbike Superpole started the first session at the new early time and eleven riders competed for the two spots in the second session, with Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier the favourites to promote themselves.

Leon Camier opened the session with a 1'38.106, but Eugene Laverty pushed him down a spot on his first lap. Camier's second lap put him back on top only for Laverty's second lap of 1'37.617 to depose him once again as the riders headed to the mid-session break. Laverty and Camier were over six tenths clear of Tati Mercado's third placed time before the break.

Eugene Laverty waited in the pits, saving his tyre allocation for Superpole two, as Leon Camier put himself on top with a 1'37.520 as the session wound down. Toprak Razgatlioglu then sneaked under Laverty's time by six hundredths of a second as Camier stretched his advantage by another tenth of a second with a 1'37.410. 

Leon Camier and Toprak Razgatlioglu advanced to the second session where they would get a chance to improve their places while Eugene Laverty headed the fifth row alongside Jake Gagne and Jordi Torres.

Jonathan Rea was the first rider to record a lap time in the second session, and it was the quickest of the first laps, beating Xavi Fores, Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes with a 1'36.726. Rea pitted in after his quick lap as others stayed out for one more bite of the cherry. Tom Sykes got to just about within two tenths of a second of Rea before pitting in for quicker tyres. The factory Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri sat at the bottom of the pack in eleventh and twelfth on race tyres, over a second off Rea's pace. 

Jonathan Rea took advantage of his early pit in to head out on the yellow-labelled rear tyre, recording a 1'35.843, breaking the qualifying record by half a second and popping a stand up wheelie down the straight before returning to his garage to watch everyone try to catch him. 

As almost everyone's laps dropped away from being able to take the top spot, there was one rider out on track who still had red markers on their lap; Tom Sykes snatched pole position from his teammate with a bonkers 1'35.696. Lorenzo Savadori and Xavi Fores were the only other riders to get within a second of Tom Sykes, wit Savadori joining the Kawasakis on the front row and Xavi Fores heading the second row ahead of Alex Lowes and a resurgent Chaz Davies. 

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.696   291,9
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.843 0.147 292,7
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.564 0.868 288,8
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'36.613 0.917 275,5
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.765 1.069 282,7
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'36.954 1.258 293,5
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'36.999 1.303 285,0
8 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'37.055 1.359 292,7
9 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.103 1.407 294,3
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.239 1.543 295,1
11 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.398 1.702 295,1
12 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'37.595 1.899 292,7
13 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'37.617 0.207 285,7
14 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.747 0.337 285,0
15 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'38.129 0.719 290,3
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.176 0.766 293,5
17 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.878 1.468 291,1
18 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.188 1.778 286,5
19 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.490 2.080 279,1
20 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.713 2.303 270,7
21 121 M. LUSSIANA Aprilia RSV4 RF      

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.410   295,9
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.557 0.147 292,7
3 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'37.617 0.207 285,7
4 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.747 0.337 285,0
5 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'38.129 0.719 290,3
6 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.176 0.766 293,5
7 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.878 1.468 291,1
8 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.188 1.778 286,5
9 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.490 2.080 279,1
10 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.713 2.303 270,7

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.696   291,9
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.843 0.147 292,7
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.564 0.868 288,8
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'36.613 0.917 275,5
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.765 1.069 282,7
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'36.954 1.258 293,5
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'36.999 1.303 285,0
8 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'37.055 1.359 292,7
9 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.103 1.407 294,3
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.239 1.543 295,1
11 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.398 1.702 295,1
12 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'37.595 1.899 292,7
Round Number: 
11
2018
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Comments

Team Kawasaki first & second then almost 3/4 of a second to Savadori, from him back to Marco Melandri is about one second covering ten riders.