2018 Qatar World Superbike FP3 Results: Laverty Fends Off Kawasakis

Eugene Laverty ended the day quickest ahead of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Alex Lowes was tenth quickest, but his time from the second session kept him in the top four heading to tomorrow's Superpole. Jakub Smrz, after a crash in Free Practice one, was declared unfit. 

Session Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'57.323   312,1
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.506 0.183 311,2
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.514 0.191 307,7
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'57.799 0.476 313,0
5 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'57.922 0.599 303,4
6 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'57.924 0.601 310,3
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.980 0.657 309,5
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'58.046 0.723 307,7
9 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.054 0.731 307,7
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.166 0.843 308,6
11 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.173 0.850 306,8
12 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'58.312 0.989 307,7
13 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.556 1.233 306,8
14 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.214 1.891 306,8
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'59.785 2.462 305,9
16 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'59.951 2.628 300,8
17 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 2'00.505 3.182 305,1

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
    Superpole Two:    
1 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'57.323
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.506
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.514
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.656
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'57.799
6 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'57.922
7 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'57.924
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.980
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'58.046
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.054
    Superpole One:    
11 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.173
12 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'58.312
13 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.556
14 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.214
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'59.785
16 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'59.951
17 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 2'00.505
18 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 2'02.179
Round Number: 
13
2018
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Total votes: 97

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Great to see Laverty in such great shape in all three free practices! They must have found something fundamental with that RSV4; hopefully it turns out to be like that also in qualifying and the races. It would be wonderful for him and Aprilia, but also for the races itself if he can actually challenge for the win again! Thinking back to that scary, unlucky incident with Torres in race 2 in Thailand, he's come a long way this year, not to mention the already difficult 2017 season. I still wonder whether it's through lack of development of the RSV4 or more because of the constantly changing, ever more restricting rules robbing the Aprilia of all its strenghts and potential. Or simply the unfamiliarity of the team with the Aprilia? 

Crazy that Laverty is still without a ride next year, but this will surely help his bargaining position. I just hope he does not go wreck his career (and body) on that POS Honda. We've seen that already several times in many years now, good riders jumping on that Honda, first going reasonably fast in youthful enthousiasm, then crashing heavily a couple of times and losing confidence before fading into insignificance, unless they jump ship. Seeing the ever-positive Nicky Hayden suffer and becoming grumpy was the most painful example. And Leon Camier is going down a familiar path too, since crashing severely in round three at Aragon.

But I digress... Looking forward to the final races at Qatar!

Total votes: 13

New pole record for old Tom. Excellent job in his last race meeting for Kawasaki.

Both KRT bikes, Lowes & both Aprilias in the one minute fifty sixes.

I still haven't found the SBK calendar for 2019.

Total votes: 10

One of my favorite features of Motomatters is that qualifying & race results are never posted in report headlines... only the practice session results. Fantastic for people like myself that either can't or chosse not to watch every session live. Now this is twice that you have ruined a much anticpated evening's viewing I was planning after work.

PLEASE try and not make it a hat trick, eh? 

Total votes: 6

I was excited re: Tom's performance in qualifying. I'm aware of it again, should remember until Valencia is over.

Total votes: 6

You could always wait for the superpole report to comment under. They’re usually very quick after the result as I can write them while they’re happening. 

Total votes: 6