2019 Imola World Supersport Superpole Results: Challenge Accepted

World Supersport Superpole was hoping to avoid the red flags of the Superbike session and qualifying favourites Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel were hoping to carry on their battle unimpeded.

Thomas Gradinger set the first fast lap but Randy Krummenacher set a 1'51.610 followed by a 1'51.354 to set the pace, but ten minutes in, Jules Cluzel finally found his rhythm and set a 1'51.188, just in time for almost everyone to pit in. Hikari Okubo was the quickest Kawasaki, third quickest, before the mid-session lull. 

Federico Caricasulo headed out for his second run while his competitors sat in their garages, sneaking out a 1'51.174 then a 1'50.671 to throw down a gauntlet of a half second. Randy Krummenacher and Jules Cluzel sat in second and third. As Cluzel was on a quick time, he crashed exiting the last chicane, ending his qualifying session. Thomas Gradinger, fourth quickest, crashed out trying to steal Cluzel's front row spot. 

With the chequered flag out, Randy Krummenacher slapped down a 1'50.239, taking pole position as Federico Caricasulo's challenge was deleted for exceeding the track limits. Krummenacher, Caricasulo and Cluzel made up the front row, ahead of Thomas Gradinger, Hikari Okubo and Raffaele De Rosa. 

Jules Cluzel said it's going to rain tomorrow, as did Federico Caricaulo. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.239   248,4
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.671 0.432 250,7
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.188 0.949 249,0
4 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.329 1.090 247,3
5 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.387 1.148 246,7
6 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'51.444 1.205 249,0
7 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.668 1.429 246,7
8 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.886 1.647 245,1
9 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.213 1.974 244,5
10 12 L. OTTAVIANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.283 2.044 242,3
11 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'52.526 2.287 247,3
12 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.576 2.337 246,7
13 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1'52.695 2.456 243,4
14 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.718 2.479 245,6
15 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.786 2.547 244,0
16 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.871 2.632 250,7
17 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 1'53.055 2.816 245,6
18 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.127 2.888 247,3
19 95 J. DANILO Honda CBR600RR 1'53.239 3.000 243,4
20 61 G. RUIU Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.536 3.297 244,0
21 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'54.094 3.855 241,2
22 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.457 4.218 240,7
23 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.968 4.729 241,8
24 15 A. COPPOLA Honda CBR600RR 1'55.121 4.882 241,2
25 4 C. STANGE Honda CBR600RR 1'55.822 5.583 240,2
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2019
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