World Superbike Brno Superpole 2012

July 21, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Tom Sykes posted the fastest time during testing at Aragon on new 17-inch tires.
Tom Sykes took his seventh superpole of 2012 at Brno.

World Superbike Superpole was cut from three knockout sessions to two at Brno after light rain hit the track following a red flag , due to oil on the track, which delayed SP2 for nearly an hour. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes came out on top after the restart, taking the front in the final minutes of the session. Sykes finished SP1 back in fifth, but came out in SP2 and held the top time for most of the session until challenged by Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa. The Spaniard finished with the second-fastest time and was followed by Aprilia Racing’s Eugene Laverty in third. Checa’s teammate Davide Giugliano, the fastest rider during Friday’s qualifying, rounds out the front row.

““I think overall things are looking not too bad for tomorrow,” said Sykes. “I think there is no question that the Kawasaki and I have got the speed to do this sort of thing in one lap. In terms of race performance we
will see how we go but I am fairly confident for the races tomorrow. We have tried three different tires and
got a lot of information this weekend. Hopefully we can convert pole position but that has been difficult this

BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri was fifth fastest and Honda’s Jonathan Rea held to sixth. Melandri’s teammate Leon Haslam and BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet’s Michel Fabrizio also made the second row, finishing seventh and eighth respectively. ParkinGo’s Chaz Davies heads up the third row followed by Liberty Racing Team Effenbert’s Jakub Smrz, Team Pedercini’s David Salom and Fabrizio’s teammate Ayrton Badovini.

SP2 was delayed after a stone hit Giugliano’s radiator, causing oil to spill out on the track. The session was red flagged, but not in time to keep the Ducati rider from crashing and injuring his left forearm. Giugliano’s crew got the bike repaired in time for him to compete once the session restarted.

“First of all I want to say that I’m really sorry for what happened and for the fact that it affected other riders’ Superpole performance,” said Giugliano. “I heard something hit my bike but I didn’t immediately notice that I was losing oil. I hurt my left forearm in the crash but it’s nothing serious I don’t think. It was great to see Carlos’ technicians come and help my guys to get the bike fixed in time – I therefore want to thank the entire team for giving me the chance to go back out in the last session.”

Noticeably absent from the battle for time in SP2 was Aprilia’s Max Biaggi. The current points leader failed to make it out of SP1, finishing in 14th behind FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier. Biaggi has had difficulty with his RSV4 from the start at Brno this time around. The Roman has a notable record at the Czech circuit, with a number of Superbike class wins to his credit, but he will start from the middle of the fourth row come Sunday.

“The mistake today cost us quite a bit,” said Biaggi. “We could definitely have started closer to the front if we had used a qualifying tire straight away like the others. In any case we’ve struggled the whole weekend and that is very odd since we’ve always been fast here. Tomorrow will be hard. Starting from the fourth row on a track that rides like this one is definitely not the best place to be.”

World Superbike Brno Superpole Results 2012:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’58.010
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’58.470
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 1’58.741
4. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1’58.789
5. Marco Melandri (BMW) 1’58.885
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’59.560
7. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’59.583
8. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 1’59.621
9. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 1’59.748
10. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’59.871
11. David Salom (Kawasaki) 2’00.121
12. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 2’00.244
13. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1’59.439
14. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’59.453
15. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’59.627
16. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1’59.973
17. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 2’00.591
18. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 2’00.693
19. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 2’00.978
20. Alessandro Polita (Ducati) 2’02.023
21. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) 2’02.952
22. Norino Brignola (BMW) 2’03.524
23. Viktor Kispataki (Honda) 2’04.259

World Supersport

Kawasaki Lorenzini’s Kenan Sofuoglu came out on top in World Supersport qualifying by a miniscule margin of 0.002 over PTR Honda’s Jules Cluzel. Kawasaki Intermoto Step’s Fabien Foret held the third-fastest time and Ten Kate Racing’s Broc Parkes rounds out the front row.

Bogdanka PTR Honda’s Sam Lowes heads up the second row. Lowes encountered some trouble at the end of the session, going down with just four minutes remaining. He was able to quickly rejoin and had already posted what would become his fastest lap of the qualifier. Power Team by Suriano’s Vittorio Iannuzzo joins Lowes on the second row, as do Cluzel’s teammate Ronan Quarmby and Iannuzzo’s teammate Alex Baldolini.

World Supersport Brno Superpole Results 2012:
1. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’03.217
2. Jules Cluzel (Honda) 2’03.219
3. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) 2’03.297
4. Broc Parkes (Honda) 2’03.379
5. Sam Lowes (Honda) 2’03.481
6. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Triumph) 2’04.005
7. Ronan Quarmby (Honda) 2’04.014
8. Alex Baldolini (Triumph) 2’04.043
9. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) 2’04.094
10. Stefano Cruciani (Kawasaki) 2’04.156
11. Gabor Talmacsi (Honda) 2’04.224
12. Valentin Debise (Honda) 2’04.432
13. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2’04.484
14. Vladimir Leonov (Yamaha) 2’04.486
15. Joshua Day (Kawasaki) 2’04.649