2018 Qatar World Superbike Superpole Results: The Sun Sets On The Season

Superpole opened as the sun set over Losail, before the lights were needed for the Friday session. Leandro Mercado and Xavi Fores were the fastest riders to miss out on the top ten, being favourites for promotion, while Eugene Laverty was quickest in two out of the three sessions yesterday and would be aiming to take pole position ahead of World Champion Jonathan Rea and the man who took Laverty's 2019 seat, Tom Sykes. The long lap length of the track will mean fewer runs, making each lap more important than at shorter tracks.

Superpole one was contested by only seven riders, including both Hondas, and it was Leon Camier on top until Xavi Fores and Leandro Mercado knocked him off the top spot. After one quick lap, everyone apart from Jake Gagne popped back to the pits. 

Xavi Fores didn't return to the track after pitting in, resting on his laurels at the top. Leon Camier, however, did get out for once last lap, and he put a 1'57.555 in to take the top spot while Leandro Mercado crashed out before he could make Fores pay for his tactic. Leon Camier and Xavi Fores joined the top ten for Superpole Two. 

After one long lap, four minutes into the session, Jonathan Rea set a lap that was beaten at first by Eugene Laverty, then by Alex Lowes with a 1'57.128, the fastest time of the weekend. Tom Sykes came close to toppling Lowes, but ended up splitting Lowes and Laverty. After nobody could shake up the top four places, everyone returned to fit their qualifying tyre allocation.

With the quicker tyre, all bets were off, as everyone was able to improve, including Lowes with a 1'56.355, knocking Laverty off the top, but Jonathan Rea knocked him down a spot and it was left to see if Sykes could take his last pole position as a Kawasaki rider.

Tom Sykes set a new qualifying record with a 1'56.124, heading the front row alongside Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes and knocking Eugene Laverty to the second row, leading Lorenzo Savadori and the quickest Ducati of Xavi Fores. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.124   305,9
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.255 0.131 307,7
3 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.355 0.231 314,0
4 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'56.534 0.410 313,0
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'56.959 0.835 310,3
6 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'57.281 1.157 314,0
7 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'57.347 1.223 305,9
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.362 1.238 309,5
9 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'57.407 1.283 309,5
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.682 1.558 307,7
11 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.695 1.571 303,4
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'57.867 1.743 307,7
13 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.440 0.885 304,2
14 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.559 1.004 306,8
15 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.956 1.401 307,7
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'59.300 1.745 303,4
17 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'59.390 1.835 305,9

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.555   305,9
2 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'57.630 0.075 310,3
3 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.440 0.885 304,2
4 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.559 1.004 306,8
5 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'58.956 1.401 307,7
6 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'59.300 1.745 303,4
7 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'59.390 1.835 305,9

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.124   305,9
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.255 0.131 307,7
3 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.355 0.231 314,0
4 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'56.534 0.410 313,0
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'56.959 0.835 310,3
6 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'57.281 1.157 314,0
7 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'57.347 1.223 305,9
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.362 1.238 309,5
9 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'57.407 1.283 309,5
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.682 1.558 307,7
11 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.695 1.571 303,4
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'57.867 1.743 307,7
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2018
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