Eugene Laverty Snags Jerez Superpole
JEREZ, Spain – Eugene Laverty claimed his second World Superbike Tissot-Superpole of the year Saturday after a close battle with Tom Sykes at Circuito de Jerez.
The Irishman put in a fast lap of 1:40.620, edging the championship leader for just .048 of a second. The first row on the grid for final two races of the year was completed by Davide Giugliano, who is keen to play his part tomorrow after the consistently good performances of the first two days at Jerez.
Marco Melandri rode his factory S 1000 RR up to fourth place, with Sylvain Guintoli and Toni Elias to follow. The Spanish rider had a crash at turn two during the third Superpole session, with five minutes left, that ruined his chances of getting a better starting position.
Leon Camier continued to impress on his WSBK return and, despite not being 100 percent fit, he secured the seventh slot on the grid over local rider Xavi Forés and Mark Aitchison. The Australian rider got his best-ever qualifying result today and a well-deserved third row start.