Carlos Checa on pole position at Phillip Island WSBK
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.
|1||Carlos Checa||Team Ducati Alstare||Ducati Panigale 1199||1:30.429|
|2||Eugene Laverty||Aprilia Racing Team||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1:30.581|
|3||Michel Fabrizio||Red Devils Roma) Aprilia||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1:30.615|
|4||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:30.615|
|5||Marco Melandri||BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK||BMW S1000 RR||1:31.539|
|6||Sylvain Guintoli||Aprilia Racing Team||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1:30.683|
|7||Leon Camier||Fixi Crescent Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:30.991|
|8||Leon Haslam||Pata Honda World Superbike||Honda CBR BR1000RR||1:30.998|
|9||Jonathan Rea||Pata Honda World Superbike||Honda CBR1000RR||1:31.742|
|10||Davide Giugliano||Althea Racing||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1:31.283|
|11||Loris Baz||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:31.283|
|12||Chaz Davies||BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK||BMW S1000 RR||1:31.870|
|13||Max Neukirchner||MR-Racing||Ducati Panigale1199||1:32.010|
|14||Jamie Stauffer||Team Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR||1:32.353|
|15||Ivan Clementi||HTM Racing||BMW S1000 RR||1:32.773|
|Others on the Grid|
|16||Glen Allerton||Next Gen Motorsports||BMW S1000 RR||1:32.352|
|17||Jules Cluzel||Fixi Crescent Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:32.402|
|18||Alexander Lundh||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:32.487|
|19||Ayrton Badovini||Team Ducati Alstare)||Ducati Panigale 1199||1:32.540|
|19||Federico Sandi||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:32.898|
|20||Vittorio Iannuzzo||Grillini Dentalmatic SBK||BMW S1000 RR||1:33.082|