Carlos Checa on pole position at Phillip Island WSBK

Saturday 23rd February, 2013


Author: SpeedCafe ©

Carlos Checa will start from pole

Carlos Checa will start from pole

Spain’s Carlos Checa has produced a masterful double at Phillip Island this afternoon by claiming pole position for tomorrow’s two 22-lap World Superbike races, as well as reclaiming bragging rights with the best ever lap around the 4.445km circuit.

Checa, a four-time WSBK ace winner at Phillip Island, wound up his factory Ducati to set a sensational 1m30.234s time in his last flying lap in the three-stage Superpole session, and he will be joined on the front row of the grid tomorrow by Aprilia pair Eugene Laverty (1:30.429) and Michel Fabrizio (1:30.581). It was Checa’s 10th pole position in WSBK racing.

Earlier, Fabrizio had lowered Checa’s best lap around Phillip Island to 1:30.387 in final qualifying, but the 40-year-old’s counter claim was flawless as he looks to give the all-new Panigale 1199RS off to a wining start in the 2013 season.

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes and BMW’s Marco Melandri set the same Superpole time of 1:30.615 and will sit on row two alongside Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli (1:30.683), and row three will be an all-British affair: Leon Camier (Suzuki, 1:30.991) and Honda team-mates Leon Haslam (1:30.998) and Jonathan Rea (1:31.742).

The nine riders battled it out in the final Superpole session, while among those to be shed in the first two sessions were Australia’s Jamie Stauffer (Honda), who crashed, and Italian Davide Giugliano (Aprilia).

Australia’s second rider, Glenn Allerton (BMW), didn’t compete in Superpole as it was only restricted to the top 15 riders in regulation qualifying. Allerton qualified in 16th position.



1Carlos ChecaTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 11991:30.429
2Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1:30.581
3Michel FabrizioRed Devils Roma) ApriliaAprilia RSV4 Factory1:30.615
4Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:30.615
5Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1:31.539
6Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1:30.683
7Leon CamierFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:30.991
8Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR BR1000RR1:30.998
9Jonathan ReaPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR1:31.742
Superpole 2
10Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.283
11Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:31.283
12Chaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1:31.870
Superpole 1
13Max NeukirchnerMR-RacingDucati Panigale11991:32.010
14Jamie StaufferTeam Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR1:32.353
15Ivan ClementiHTM RacingBMW S1000 RR1:32.773
Others on the Grid
16Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR1:32.352
17Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:32.402
18Alexander LundhTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.487
19Ayrton BadoviniTeam Ducati Alstare)Ducati Panigale 11991:32.540
19Federico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.898
20Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR1:33.082


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