Sunday, June 21

DUCATI'S GIUGLIANO SPLITS APRILIA & KAWASAKI DOMINATION


Davide Guigliano got his head down and got Ducati on the front row at Misano.

A lone Ducati punctuates the Kawasaki-Aprilia dominance of the first two rows of the starting grid for round eight of the eni Superbike World Championship at Misano.  Not surprisingly, it was Davide Guigliano who put the Ducati cat among the Aprilia and Kawasaki pigeons, qualifying third fastest.

Aprilia started the weekend strongly with former two-stime Superbike World Champion Max Biaggi making a wild card appearance on a specially prepared RSV4 to top the first two pre-qualifying sessions.

Then Superbike rookie Jorde Torres took over, topping the third pre-qualifying session on his Aprilia, recording a 1m 34.984s lap.  That saw him the fastest qualifier for the Superpole sessions.  The fastest ten riders from the first three pre-qualifying sessions automatically go to the second Superpole session.  The rest go to the first Superpole and the fastest two from that get another shot at pole in Superpole 2.
The top ten riders from pre-qualifying were:

1, Jorde Torres (Aprilia Racing Team-Red Devils RSV4)                      1m 34.984s
2, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R)                             1m 35.111s
3, Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team-Red Devils RSV4)                      1m 35.356s
4, Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team RSV4)                                       1m 35.380s
5, Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000)                        1m 35.433s
6, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team Panigale R)             1m 35.435s
7, M Pirro (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team Panigale R)                   1m 35.439s
8, Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team Panigale R)       1m 35.486s
9, M Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati Panigale R)                                 1m 35.546s
10, Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Honda World Superbike Team CBR1000R)    1m 35.596s

Missing from the top ten was Kawasaki ace Tom Sykes.

As a result he had to try for a front row start from Superpole 1.

He went out on a race tyre and then used a qualifying rear tyre to make sure he entered Superpole 2.
In the second Superpole sector Tom pushed on to record a new track record qualifying lap time, to his own surprise, but his start from the best possible grid position will stand him in good stead for each race on Sunday.
Jonathan Rea was on strong form from the start at Misano and although he missed a front row start in Superpole after pushing too hard in the first sector of his first flying lap, he is in a good starting position to take on the challenge of a newly resurfaced Misano circuit.
Rea has been working through various tyre options, both front and rear, through race weekend and he will make his final race selection after morning warm-up on Sunday.
After taking his 27th career Superpole wins Sykes is now the second ranked best Superbike qualifier of all time, moving one place ahead of WSB legend Troy Bayliss.  His effort meant he has also scored pole at Misano in the past four visits of the SWC championship to the Adriatic circuit.
Tom Sykes had to work had for his 27th Superbike pole.

Weather conditions for race day will determine final race settings but both KRT riders are confident they each have a strong set-up for any possible circumstance on raceday.
“I am a little bit surprised to be win Superpole because I was not sure if my lap was good enough.  But it was, so for this I am happy.  I used a race tyre, then a qualifier in Superpole 1 and finally we had to do three fast laps on the front tyre.  I did a 1:34.9 on a race tyre at one stage but the front tyre had already done ten laps.  The new track surface is good and the circuit is faster, and a better camber in some areas.  We have had a good way of working through the weekend but we had to try a couple of different things and they did not work out.  We got caught out because we did not put a fresh tyre in during practice to check our performance over one lap.  In a way it was good to do Superpole 1 because I got three extra flying laps in.  At this level it gives you a bit more understanding, especially on fresh tyres.”
Meantime, with the second best time – 1:34.426 – Leon Haslam placed on the front row, an excellent performance that takes on even more value in light of the fact that the English Aprilia Racing - Red Devils rider made that time on his second lap with a qualifier tyre, forced to give up his best lap due to a mistake.

Max Biaggi, on his return to racing three years after retiring, continued to astonish.
Max Biaggi came back as a wild card to stir things up in qualifying at Misano.
After clearly dominating the pre-qualifying sessions on Friday, the six-time World Champion confirmed his class and his excellent form battling with the 2015 championship protagonists and taking a brilliant second row spot thanks to his fifth best time (1:34.463) just 25 hundredths from the pole.  This was his first experience with the current Superpole format that allows only one qualifier tyre to be used, making Max's achievement in this long-awaited Misano wild card performance even more exceptional.


Final qualifying results here