Sykes Wins World Superbike Superpole
IMOLA, Spain – Pole position was taken by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) for the second round in succession, after he set a new track best of 1 minute 46.748 seconds in Superpole 3.
French rider Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati) went second, after a late charge from Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) was ultimately unsuccessful. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was fourth and first BMW rider in the final pre-race rankings, while Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) made it to the head of the second row, fifth overall. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) went sixth at his home circuit.
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was seventh but suffered a very fast high-side crash, walking away after a heavy impact on the tarmac. The last place on the second row went to Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team).
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 01:47.5
2 Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 01:47.6
3 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 01:47.6
4 Carlos Checa Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 01:47.8
5 Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 01:47.8
6 Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 01:47.9
7 Leon Camier Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:48.1
8 Jakub Smrz Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 01:48.1
9 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 01:48.2
10 Jonathan Rea Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 01:48.2
11 Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 01:48.2
12 L. Zanetti PATA Ducati 1098R 01:48.3
13 Niccolo Canepa Team Ducati Roma Ducati 1098R 01:48.4
14 Maxime Berger Liberty Racing - Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 01:48.4
15 Ayrton Badovini BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 01:48.5
16 Davide Giugliano Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 01:48.6
17 Chaz Davies ParkinGO Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 01:48.9
18 Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 01:48.9
19 John Hopkins Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:49.8
20 David Salom Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 01:49.9