Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was 0.176 seconds faster than Carlos Checa and more then half a second ahead of Jakub Smrz.
For the first time since September of 2010 Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes snared pole position during Saturday’s qualifying at the Misano circuit. On a wet but slowly drying track the Englishman claimed top honors 0.176 seconds ahead of Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa, who posted the second-fastest lap with a time of 1’55.373. iberty Racing Ducati’s Jakub Smrz completed the third-best lap to take a front row start along with Yamaha’s Marco Melandri, who was 0.571 seconds off the pace of Sykes.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s Leon Haslam experienced a late crash during the session and was unable to better his fifth-place time. The Brit was followed by teammate, Troy Corser, who suffered through lingering pains from his fall in practice on Friday to earn sixth on the grid. Aprilia’s Max Biaggi posted seventh in the charts and will be joined on the second row by Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli. Biaggi crashed during the final practice session before Superpole, suffering a contusion to his left ankle. Despite the injury the defending champion pulled through the session and will begin Sunday’s races from Row 2.
“Let’s hope for the best, but unfortunately experience doesn’t promise anything good,” said Biaggi. “There isn’t very much to say about the day: an engine up in smoke, the other bike just crashed, but above all this pain and the condition of my leg which keeps us from even making a prediction for tomorrow. The only prediction is my maximum effort, which was never lacking, and which will be no less in these difficult conditions.”
Meanwhile BMW’s Ayrton Badovini and Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty rounded out the top-10 times, with Laverty completing his session more than two seconds behind Sykes.
The Castrol Honda duo of Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus continue to be well off the pace at Misano. The Irishman has remained outside the top-10 in every session at the circuit so far, and will have to begin Sunday’s races from Row 3. Aprilia’s Leon Camier also suffered disappointment through multiple falls on the wet circuit. The Brit was left flabbergasted following his last fall on the way back to the pits to exchange bikes.
“It’s incredible, what happened is simply incredible,” said Camier. “I wasn’t pushing during either one of the crashes. I can’t believe that I fell twice that way. I can only hope that nothing like that ever happens to me again.”
Aprilia’s Leon Camier suffered two falls during Superpole and will have to start Sunday’s races from the fourth row.
2011 World Superbike Misano Superpole Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’55.197
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’55.373
3. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’55.745
4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1’55.768
5. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’56.034
6. Troy Corser (BMW) 1’56.285
7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’56.480
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’57.054
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1’57.374
10. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1’57.454
11. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’57.831
12. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1’58.509
13. Michele Fabrizio (Suzuki) 2’02.235
14. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 2’02.440