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The very fast Circuit of Monza A classification in the wet gave us today. At those very high speeds, we could literally see the motorcycles of the Superbike World Championship on the straight line making our hair stand on end, as some exceeded 300 km / h with the ground completely flooded.
The French Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) took their first Superpole ahead of the British Tom sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) that has not been able to link his fourth in a row and of Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport). On Supersport the fastest has been Sam lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda).
Superbikes: Sylvain Guintoli debuts
The Superpole Today, as we mentioned the other day when we discussed the regulations, it was played in two sessions of twenty minutes as it was declared wet. In the first the fastest was Marco Melandri with a time of 1'57.545.
Together with him they went to Superpole 2 in this order: Tom Sykes, Sylvain Guintoli, Jakub Smrz, Carlos Checa, Jonathan Rea, Max Biaggi and Davide Giugliano, who was eighth with 1'58.591, time in which the cut took place.
In Superpole 2 the asphalt was drying little by little. Thus, the finish straight already had the lane perfectly delimited while other areas of the circuit still had significant flooded areas. The choice of tires was very complicated as well as the set-up. It's scary to see how some tires were literally disintegrating on the straight at full speed.
After twenty minutes, Sylvain Guintoli he got a time of 1'54.276, enough to take first place. Tom sykes was seven tenths behind the French while Marco Melandri it was already more than a second and a half. Carlos Checa He was in fourth position two and a half seconds behind his partner's time.
As a curious note, highest speed reached During the weekend it was not a flying Aprilia but a Kawasaki, specifically that of Tom sykes in the second free practice. English has marked 339.5 km / h, becoming an absolute record and striking precisely an Aprilia on the straight by taking advantage of its slipstream. Furthermore, the fastest bikes yesterday and this morning on dry asphalt were the BMWs of Michel Fabrizio, Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam in this order.
Supersport: pole for Sam Lowes with Friday weather
With a still wet asphalt, in the category of Supersport have had to resort to the times of the qualifying practices of yesterday Friday to decide who would take the first position. Sam lowes and his time of 1'47.601 allow him to start for the third time from the front of the pack.
The two riders of the Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini team, Kenan Sofuoglu and Sheridan Morais in addition to a third Kawasaki, that of the Kawasaki Intermoto Step piloted by Fabian foret They will accompany the English Honda CBR600RR in the front row.