Yamaha’s Marco Melandri captured his first pole victory and will start from the front row alongside Max Biaggi, Leon Camier and Carlos Checa.
Yamaha’s Marco Melandri continued his fast form from practice on Friday with another quick lap around the Aragon circuit during Superpole. The Italian took his first ever pole position and gave Yamaha its first pole of the 2011 World Superbike season.
“This is an amazing day,” said Melandri. “I really didn’t think I’d be in pole position, especially after the first Superpole where I risked not qualifying. My team has been working harder than ever since Misano and we’ve really come a long way and the bike is working very well. I’m really happy with today and I want to say thanks to Yamaha and all my team.”
Aprilia Alitalia’s Max Biaggi came in just 0.156 seconds afterward for second on the grid, followed by his teammate, Leon Camier. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa nabbed fourth in the timesheets, the Spaniard rounding out the front row more than eight-tenths off the pace of Melandri.
“Today a few of the other riders went really well,” Checa said. “We knew we had the pace needed to finish on the front row and we did it. Unfortunately I made a small mistake at one point in the final Superpole phase and without that I
think I could have gone a few tenths faster.”
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes led a late charge on the timesheets to grab fifth with Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty 0.115 seconds behind the Englishman. Joan Lascorz trailed Melandri by more than 1.5 seconds, earning seventh on the grid. BMW’s Ayrton Badovini claimed the final spot on the second row, the Italian keeping his excellent form of late to be the top placed BMW rider in the session.
Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga failed making it to the final Superpole session and will start from ninth on the grid for Sunday’s races. Liberty Ducati’s Sylvain Guintoli was 0.074 seconds behind the Japanese rider, followed by lone Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio. Team Pedercini Kawasaki’s Mark Aitchison posted 12th in the order, making it three Kawasaki bikes in the first three rows at Aragon.
It was a disappointing day for Liberty Ducati’s Jakub Smrz, BMW’s Troy Corser and Castrol Honda’s Ruben Xaus. The trio all failed to make it past Superpole 1 and as a result will have to start from the fourth and fifth row.
Aragon World Superbike Superpole 2011 Results:
1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1’57.634
Aprilia’s Leon Camier will start from the first row after having the third-fastest time in qualifying.
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’57.790
3. Leon Camier (Aprilia) 1’58.279
4. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’58.472
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’58.641
6. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1’58.756
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1’59.194
8. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1’59.591
9. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1’58.566
10. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’58.640
11. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki) 1’58.950
12. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki) 1’59.680
13. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’59.355
14. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’59.367
15. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1’59.507
Kawasaki Motocard.com’s Broc Parkes is one step closer to sealing another win this season following a brilliant performance during Supersport qualifying. The Aussie was more than four-tenths faster than teammate David Salom, and will start from the front having just won the last round at Misano. Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes was third in the timesheets after a tense fight with ParkinGO Yamaha’s Chaz Davies. Davies’ teammate, Luca Scassa, posted the fifth-fastest time but was more than a second off the pace of Parkes. Lorenzini by Leoni’s Massimo Roccoli, Ten Kate Honda’s Fabien Foret and PTR Honda’s James Ellison clenched sixth through eighth, respectively. Meanwhile Robbin
Kawasaki’s Broc Parkes dominated World Supersport qualifying more than four-tenths quicker than David Salom.
Harms put in a lap of 2’03.799 for ninth in the charts, with Bike Service R.T.’s Roberto Tamburini rounding out the top-10 times more than 1.7 seconds adrift of the leader.
Aragon World Supersport Qualifying 2011 Results:
1. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) 2’02.093
2. David Salom (Kawasaki) 2’02.454
3. Sam Lowes (Honda) 2’02.708
4. Chaz Davies (Yamaha) 2’03.058
5. Luca Scassa (Yamaha) 2’03.140
6. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki) 2’03.441
7. Fabien Foret (Honda) 2’03.537
8. James Ellison (Honda) 2’03.614
9. Robbin Harms (Honda) 2’03.799
10. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha) 2’03.809