2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Superpole Result: Lap Record Set

Superpole for World Superbike at a new track means whoever is on pole position sets the lap record. The altitude saps a little power from each bike, limiting their ability to set speed records on the kilometre-long back straight. Michael van der Mark and Jake Gagne start Superpole one as favourites to progress to the join the ten fastest men for Superpole two.

After completing one lap, Jake Gagne led Michael van der Mark with a 1'40.718, but a lap later, Tom Sykes, a surprising entry to Superpole one, set a 1'40.532 before pitting in for a tea break. Jake Gagne stayed out for an extra lap while everyone else pitted in, but at the six minute mark, everyone was in their pits. Loris Baz was, again, the first one to leave. 

After the break, Sykes slapped down a 1'39.861, eight tenths quicker than second-quickest Loris Baz, and suddenly the fight was for second place. Michael van der Mark snuck in between Sykes and Baz as the flag came out and, while a few riders looked like they could get up to the top in the first few sectors, nobody could beat Sykes or van der Mark in the flippy-floppy section at the end of the lap. Sykes and van der Mark would join the ten fastest riders with an extra fifteen minutes of track time under their belts. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu was the first rider out of pit lane, with Jonathan Rea behind him on his gold-accented Kawasaki, but it was Marco Melandri who set the first quick time, with a 1'39.888, followed by a 1'39.729 a lap later. Melandri was the only rider to get a 1'39 lap with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty in second and third places as everyone pitted in for stickier qualifying tyres. 

Tom Sykes was first out on the Q tyre, and he set a 1'39.558 that held pole position for less than a minute as Jonathan Rea put a 1'39.452 in. Marco Melandri responded with a 1'39.376, pushing the Kawasakis down, and Eugene Laverty knocked Sykes off the front row just before the flag came out. As riders started hitting the flag, Melandri set the outright record of 1'39.012 on the Ducati to consolidate his pole position. 

Marco Melandri would start this afternoon's race in pole position, alongside Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty. Tom Sykes headed the second row, ahead of Xavi Fores and Alex Lowes.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'39.012   303,4
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.452 0.440 301,7
3 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'39.530 0.518 305,1
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.558 0.546 300,8
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'39.590 0.578 302,5
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.730 0.718 299,2
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.070 1.058 295,9
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.083 1.071 303,4
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.094 1.082 300,0
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.189 1.177 300,0
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.343 1.331 299,2
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.349 1.337 300,8
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'40.352 0.491 301,7
14 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.718 0.857 298,3
15 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.484 1.623 303,4
16 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'41.714 1.853 298,3
17 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.893 2.032 297,5
18 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.041 2.180 292,7
19 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.093 2.232 294,3

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.861   301,7
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.280 0.419 300,0
3 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'40.352 0.491 301,7
4 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.718 0.857 298,3
5 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.484 1.623 303,4
6 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'41.714 1.853 298,3
7 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.893 2.032 297,5
8 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.041 2.180 292,7
9 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.093 2.232 294,3

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'39.012   303,4
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.452 0.440 301,7
3 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'39.530 0.518 305,1
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.558 0.546 300,8
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'39.590 0.578 302,5
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.730 0.718 299,2
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.070 1.058 295,9
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.083 1.071 303,4
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.094 1.082 300,0
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.189 1.177 300,0
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.343 1.331 299,2
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.349 1.337 300,8
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2018
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