2019 Magny-Cours World Supersport Superpole Result: Crashes Don't Slow Quick Riders

After a wet morning, including the usual wet delays, World Supersport qualifying eventually started on a damp but drying track.

Yesterday's standout Kyle Smith opened with a 1'57.925 then a 1'56.948. On track for another quicker lap, he crashed out at turn five, losing the rear and laying the bike down, but was able to ride his bike back to his garage. Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel were around two seconds off Smith's quickest time in second and third places, with Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher over two seconds further off the pace behind them.

Ayrton Badovini joined the front runners, briefly holding second place until Jules Cluzel replaced him. Kyle Smith remained at the top and was back out on track to try to improve his lead. Badovini crashed at turn three with two minutes remaining, hoping none of the active riders could knock him off the front row as the clock ticked down.

Kyle Smith moved the target again, with a 1'56.476 putting over a second between him and second-quickest Jules Cluzel. Championship leaders Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher hit the flag in fourth and sixth place, sandwiching Lucas Mahias who watched on from his garage.

Kyle Smith, Jules Cluzel and Ayrton Badovini made up the front row for tomorrow's race, making it three Kawasakis in the front two rows, alternating with Yamahas.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.287   241,6
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.097 0.810 248,3
3 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.440 2.153 238,4
4 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.678 2.391 235,8
5 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.845 2.558 238,4
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.025 2.738 244,9
7 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.443 3.156 248,3
8 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.526 4.239 246,0
9 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.615 4.328 246,6
10 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 2'00.621 4.334 239,5
11 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'00.784 4.497 238,4
12 95 J. DANILO Honda CBR600RR 2'01.041 4.754 227,4
13 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'01.092 4.805 241,1
14 61 G. RUIU Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.113 4.826 241,1
15 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'01.285 4.998 243,8
16 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 2'01.908 5.621 243,2
17 9 M. BAU Yamaha YZF R6 2'02.641 6.354 241,1
18 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 2'02.736 6.449 240,0
19 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.791 6.504 243,2
20 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 2'03.357 7.070 232,3
21 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.374 7.087 240,5
Round Number: 
11
2019
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