2018 Qatar World Supersport Superpole Results: Lights On!

World Supersport qualifying started with the floodlights turning on over Losail, as the sunset turned to dusk. Hikari Okubo and Thomas Gradinger were the favourites to advance to Superpole Two where they could contest pole position alongside the Yamahas of Lucas Mahias and Sandro Cortese.

Five minutes into the fifteen minute session, and the thirteen riders contesting the two promotion spots started setting laptimes, with Thomas Gradinger, Peter Sebestyen and Hannes Soomer the quickest. Thomas Gradinger's 2'02.631 was the quickest lap by a second and a half, but after a second stab, Hikari Okubo got to within six tenths of Gradinger's time as everyone pitted in for a break. 

After returning to the track, Hannes Soomer tagged onto the back of Thomas Gradinger and used his clean air to set a 2'02.348 and punt himself to the top of the pile, with Gradinger under a tenth slower. A lap later, with a very quick last sector, Thomas Gradinger retook the top spot with a 2'02.183 at the flag. 

Thomas Gradinger and Hannes Soomer progressed to the second session, with Ayrton Badovini and Hikari Okubo just missing out.

After a lap, Sandro Cortese set a 2'01.487, snatching the top spot from Jules Cluzel by four thousandths of a second, but later round the lap, Lucas Mahias posted a 2'01.041. Cortese improved his time on his second flying lap, but couldn't beat Mahias, and everyone headed to the pits. 

With under a minute left, Lucas Mahias set a 2'00.461, breaking the qualifying record, and everyone else was suddenly fighting for second place. As the flag came out, Sandro Cortese sat in second place on a slow lap but Jules Cluzel pushed himself up the ranks, getting to within sixth tenths of Mahias's time and taking third place. Luke Stapleford bumped himself up to fourth place at the flag, ahead of Corentin Perolari and the first non-Yamaha, Kyle Smith.

Lucas Mahias got his sixth pole position of the year, ahead of the title fight of Sandro Cortese and Jules Cluzel, with Cluzel needing to win the race to take the title while Cortese just needs to beat Cluzel. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.461   274,1
2 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.610 0.149 272,7
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.035 0.574 273,4
4 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.330 0.869 268,0
5 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.478 1.017 272,7
6 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'01.523 1.062 265,4
7 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.570 1.109 273,4
8 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'01.711 1.250 267,3
9 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.729 1.268 274,8
10 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'01.738 1.277 269,3
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.783 1.322 268,0
12 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 2'01.990 1.529 267,3
13 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'02.643 0.460 269,3
14 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.904 0.721 275,5
15 51 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'03.332 1.149 267,3
16 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 2'03.764 1.581 265,4
17 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 2'04.136 1.953 270,7
18 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 2'04.259 2.076 252,9
19 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.636 2.453 277,6
20 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.726 2.543 263,4
21 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.796 2.613 266,0
22 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 2'05.703 3.520 260,2
23 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'05.758 3.575 265,4

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2'02.183   274,1
2 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 2'02.348 0.165 268,0
3 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'02.643 0.460 269,3
4 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.904 0.721 275,5
5 51 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'03.332 1.149 267,3
6 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 2'03.764 1.581 265,4
7 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 2'04.136 1.953 270,7
8 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 2'04.259 2.076 252,9
9 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.636 2.453 277,6
10 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.726 2.543 263,4
11 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.796 2.613 266,0
12 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 2'05.703 3.520 260,2
13 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'05.758 3.575 265,4

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.461   274,1
2 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.610 0.149 272,7
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.035 0.574 273,4
4 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.330 0.869 268,0
5 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.478 1.017 272,7
6 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'01.523 1.062 265,4
7 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.570 1.109 273,4
8 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'01.711 1.250 267,3
9 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.729 1.268 274,8
10 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'01.738 1.277 269,3
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.783 1.322 268,0
12 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 2'01.990 1.529 267,3
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2018
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