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If the headlights were real, I'd be stalling everyone …
Again the british Tom sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) on the back of the very fast Kawasaki which yesterday debuted its new headlights has taken the sixth Superpole of the season after the timed practice sessions held today at the Motorland circuit on the occasion of the Aragon Grand Prix of the Superbike World Championship.
Despite not having spearheaded neither SP1 nor SP2, Tom Sykes had a real blowout in SP3 of 1'56.552 that left Max biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) more than seven tenths and his partner Eugene laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) to more than a second. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) couldn't get past the seventh position.
A circuit as long as Motorland provides a special strategy for the Superpole. Thus, all the teams divided the time into two runs, with one or two quick lap attempts in each of them and a pit stop in between. In the Superpole 1 Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) started commanding with a time of 1'57.931. Max Biaggi was able to improve it by a little over half a tenth but it was Carlos Checa who had the best time thanks to a record of 1'57,756.
Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet), Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) were unable to advance to the next round and Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) He did it by the hair in twelfth position.
At the start of the Superpole 2 I did it with Marco Melandri being the fastest with 1'57.207. Max Biaggi, Leon Haslam, Tom Sykes, Carlos Checa, Eugene Laverty, Sylvain Guintoli and Jonathan Rea completed the first eight positions so Davide Giugliano, Ayrton Badovini, Chaz Davies and Jakub Smrz had to put the batteries if they wanted to pass.
Sylvain Guintoli tries it on his second outing but in one of the curves it goes long, like Davide Giugliano on his second fastest lap. Chaz Davies manages to put in a magnificent time in fifth place, eliminating Sylvain Guintoli, who was ninth along with Ayrton Badovini, Davide Giugliano and Jakub Smrz.
Finally, the Superpole 3 It starts with Chaz Davies doing a straight on his fast lap attempt. Max Biaggi achieved a good time of 1'57.260, a little worse than the one achieved by Marco Melandri in the previous session. However, a few seconds later Tom sykes he was going through the finish line with a beastly record of 1'56.552. So convinced was he of his time that he pitted and only came out with 40 seconds left to greet the crowd and rehearse a start. In the second attempt of the pilots, nobody was able to improve the records that they had achieved in the first.
Classification Superpole Superbikes Aragon 2012: * 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.552 * 2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.260 * 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.592 * 4. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'57.710 * 5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'57.784 * 6. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.033 * 7. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'58.243 * 8. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.485 * 9. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'58.073 * 10. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'58.249 * 11. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'58.264 * 12. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'59.160 * 13. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'58.534 * 14. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.660 * 15. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.302 * 16. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'59.549 * 17. David salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.474 * 18. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.686 * 19. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'59.811 * 20. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 2'00.164 * 21. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.245 * 22. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.975 * 23. Norino Brignola (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 2'03.823
Supersport: Jules Cluzel wins over Kawasaki trio
Frenchman Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) has set the best time in Supersport and tomorrow he will start from the front row of the grid after having achieved a time of 2'02.624 and beating the Kawasaki trio of Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini), Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing).
Tomorrow there will be shots to clinch victory as the top six finishers are less than six tenths apart. Both Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda), sandwiched Kawasaki with their Honda.
Three Hondas against three Kawasaki in tomorrow's race at Motorland Aragón without forgetting the Triumph of Vittorio Iannuzzo (Power Team by Suriano) who has been doing very well in the race for several weekends0
Classification Superpole Superbikes Aragon 2012: * 1. Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'02.624 * 2. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.665 * 3. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Lorenzini) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.804 * 4. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.882 * 5. Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'02.892 * 6. Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products) Honda CBR600RR 2'02.895 * 7. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Power Team by Suriano) Triumph Daytona 675 2'03.451 * 8. Jed Metcher (Rivamoto Junior Team) Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.701 * 9. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'03.752 * 10. Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.773 * 11. Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.819 * 12. Alex Baldolini (Power Team by Suriano) Triumph Daytona 675 2'03.993 * 13. Valentin Debise (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.027 * 14. Joshua Day (Team GOELEVEN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.155 * 15. Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.220 * 16. Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.255 * 17. Andrea Antonelli (Bike Service RT) Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.457 * 18. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.480 * 19. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.620 * 20. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.622 * 21. Luca Marconi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.993 * 22. Dino Lombardi (Team PATA by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.207 * 23. Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 2'05.400 * 24. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 2'05.408 * 25. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.521 * 26. Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 2'06.688 * 27. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Yamaha YZF R6 2'07.689 * 28. Roberto Anastasia (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 2'08.042 * 29. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Yamaha YZF R6 2 ' 09.226 * 30. Oleg Pozdneev (Rivamoto) Yamaha YZF R6 2'11.838
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