World Superbike Imola Superpole 2014

May 10, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea scored his first pole position of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Imola. The Irishman will be joined on the front row by Aprilia Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano.

Rea is coming off one of his best race weekends of the season at Assen, where he finished 3-1 in his team’s home race, and started the Italian round strong with the fastest time in Friday’s Free Practice. He qualified directly to Q2 and immediately topped the timesheet during his initial laps. Others challenged throughout but with one minute remaining in the session, Rea posted the time that would secure him the top qualifying spot.

“Honestly, I didn’t really expect that,” said Rea. “I knew we had really good pace and we were working towards the race tomorrow. But this pole position lark doesn’t really have my name on it so I’m really happy. The lap was really good but I just want to thank all the guys in my box who’ve been working incredibly hard. They’re making the CBR better and better and to do it in Pata’s back yard here in Italy is just great.”

Giugliano’s teammate, Chaz Davies, heads up the second row followed by Guintoli’s teammate, Marco Melandri and Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes in sixth. In 2013, Sykes posted a blistering record lap for pole position on a race tire at Imola, but was unable to approach his pace this year due to issues with the rubber.

“Things did not go to plan today,” explained Sykes, the current points leader. “This weekend I have not been able to take the full benefit from a new rear race tire. We were not able to use the bike to its true potential and unfortunately with the qualifying tire it was the same. At the moment some of our opposition are using it better than us, which is strange because we have always been very strong in these qualifying conditions. This year we have been a little bit better in race performance than in qualifying, so we will see how it goes.”

Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz, finished seventh-fastest, followed by Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty in eighth and Althea Ducati’s Niccolo Canepa in ninth. Canepa, along with BMW Motorrad Italia’s Leon Camier, earned a transfer spot to Q2 through Q1.

World Superbike Imola Superpole Results 2014
1. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’46.289
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’46.554
3. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1’46.555
4. Chaz Davies (Ducati) 1’46.678
5. Marco Melandri (Aprilia) 1’46.740
6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’46.767
7. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’47.014
8. Eugene Laverty (Suzuki) 1’47.715
9. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) 1’48.240
10. Leon Haslam (Honda) 1’48.242
11. Leon Camier (BMW) 1’48.371
12. Alex Lowes (Suzuki) 1’48.196
13. Ivan Goi (Ducati) 1’48.632
14. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1’48.743
15. Toni Elias (Aprilia) 1’48.882
16. Ayrton Badovini (Bimota) 1’48.909
17. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki) 1’49.732
18. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) 1’49.781
19. Christian Iddon (Bimota) 1’49.997
20. Michel Fabrizio (Kawasaki) 1’50.936
21. Claudio Corti (MV Agusta) 1’50.741
22. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) 1’50.781
23. Alessandro Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1’50.959
24. Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1’51.048
25. Imre Toth (BMW) 1’52.325
26. Geoff May (EBR) 1’52.763
27. Aaron Yates (EBR) 1’52.831
28. Peter Sebestyen (BMW) 1’53.555


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