Laverty Earns First WSBK Superpole
SILVERSTONE, England – After two dry qualifying sessions Saturday at the Silverstone Circuit, the third one was red flagged as the rain started to fall on the Norhamptonshire track.
The action resumed with a final wet 20-minute Superpole, which saw Eugene Laverty of the Aprilia Racing Team get the best out of a last minute attempt on an almost dry track surface, clocking in at 2:04.730 to secure his first ever Tissot-Superpole win.
The 27 year old from Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, was able to edge Spaniard Carlos Checa, back on the front row of the grid after the pole position scored in the season opener at Phillip Island, and Jonathan Rea.
Row two will be headed by Loris Baz, who was leading the last session before the rain stopped – allowing riders for a final quick lap – followed by teammate Tom Sykes. The Brit got the worse of today’s Superpole, as just before the red flag came out he set what would have been the new best lap of the circuit.
Works BMW rider Chaz Davies ended up sixth, while his team mate Marco Melandri got out of contention early on as he suffered a technical problem on his BMW S1000RR during Superpole 1.
Leon Camier and Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli ended up 7th and 8th, with Frenchman stopped by his RSV4 after a technical fault. Ninth place Davide Giugliano had to sit out the final session due to a crash he sustained before the red flag was waved.