2013 Moscow World Superbike Superpole Results: Water-Resistant Tissot Not Required

After much speculation with the weather, Superpole was declared a dry session, even though clouds were looming overhead. The top fifteen compete over three sessions with only two qualifying tyres allocated to each rider, with riders eliminated at each stage.

Jonathan Rea was first out in Superpole one, as we’ve come to expect, but Davide Giugliano set the fastest time of the first batch of riders, until the last rider to set a lap, Tom Sykes, took the top spot from him with a 1’35.400 time. Sykes then did a second lap of 1’34.863, ensuring nobody would even get close. Carlos Checa was sitting in thirteenth place, just outside the cutoff point for the second session, but he was able to secure his continued qualifying with the third fastest time. Sylvain Guintoli, still nursing a dislocated collarbone, was ninth fastest. Leon Haslam, Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio who crashed before getting a qualifying lap in.

Tom Sykes wasted no time in setting a 1’34.546 time as riders started putting the qualifying tyres on. Several riders, including Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea, were able to record laps that were faster than Sykes’s Superpole one time, but only Chaz Davies and Carlos Checa were able to get within three quarters of a second of his Superpole two lap.

The third Superpole session was delayed for technical reasons, as opposed to safety, with the timing system not working. Tom Sykes made a rare error and crashed his bike, losing the front and the chance for pole position. Carlos Checa was on track for a pole position, but we got to see the weakness of the Ducati as it was fastest through most of the track until it arrived at the long straight, losing four tenths of a second to the four cylinder bikes. As everyone realised they had the rare opportunity to snatch a pole position from Tom Sykes. Davide Giugliano, fast all weekend, was the man to break Sykes’s streak of six successive pole positions. Chaz Davies and Eugene Laverty filled the remainder of the front row, ahead of Jonathan Rea, Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa.

Tom Sykes would have to settle for ninth place, behind Jules Cluzel and the injured Sylvan Guintoli, while Davide Giugliano showed that he didn’t need a factory bike to grab pole position.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.676   302,6
2 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 1'34.833 0.157 301,7
3 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.934 0.258 309,6
4 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.058 0.382 300,0
5 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'35.115 0.439 309,6
6 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'35.220 0.544 290,2
7 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.256 0.580 304,3
8 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.113 1.437 308,7
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R      
    Did not qualify for Superpole Three        
10 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.761 1.215 295,0
11 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'35.788 1.242 291,8
12 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.033 1.487 301,7
    Did not qualify for Superpole Two        
13 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.069 1.206 301,7
14 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'36.286 1.423 298,3
15 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.329 1.466 312,4
    Did not qualify for Superpole        
16 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.048 2.481 289,4
17 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 1'39.079 3.512 294,2
18 25 L. SAVADORI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.504 3.937 289,4


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I thought I had caught all of those. It's an OSX auto-correct thing that's caught me out before. Thanks for the heads-up. smiley

Cool to see Giuliano grab pole on his 'satellite' Aprilia RSV4, and he will surely be in the top group tomorrow, as long as he stays aboard.

But I still don't understand what the added value is of this superpole format. It is a lot of hassle for the teams, there is this 'two qualifiers for three sessions' gimmick to artificially make it more complicated, and it is still just a bunch of bikes trying to do a fast lap to qualify, only there's fewer and fewer of them as Superpole progresses. Not really more interesting to watch than a normal qualifying session. With all the talk about cost savings (resulting in insane rules, especially in MotoGP), this three-stage Superpole would be my first choice to skip.

If they really want something to attract more crowds on Saturday, then do a sprint race to decide grid positions. Now that would surely lure more fans to the track on Saturday. And it would be a convenient short race for tv broadcasting schedules as well, making excellent promotion for the races on Sunday.

Chaz Davies often seems to have trouble qualifying and then run at the leader's pace in the race, just several seconds behind the leaders so he can't challenge for the win. This front row start bodes well for him. Still, I expect Sykes to be right in there when the race starts. Guintoli will be interesting to watch as he tries to tough it out. Ironic that he'll be right next to Sykes on the grid.

It's going to busy day of race watching tomorrow!

... Checa's abysmal top speed on the 1199; are the Ducati's still running restrictor plates? Because that is an enormous disadvantage. As big as I've ever seen for Ducati in WSB.