2012 Phillip Island WSS QP1: Parkes Steals Provisional Pole From Cluzel

Ten Kate Honda's Broc Parkes sits on provisional pole after the first day of practice for the World Supersport class at the Australian's home round at Phillip Island. Parkes took control in the early part of the session, but as the first qualifying practice started to wind down, Sam Lowes, Jules Cluzel and Fabien Foret did what they could to make life uncomfortable for Parkes. In the end there was almost nothing to choose between them: though Parkes came out on top, his advantage over French Moto2 refugee Jules Cluzel was just twenty-six hundredths, while Cluzel ended a mere six thousandths of a second ahead of Sam Lowes. Fabien Foret was the first Kawasaki rider to break the Honda hegemony putting his Lorenzini Kawasaki into 4th, just ahead of fellow former champion and Kawasaki teammate Kenan Sofuoglu.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 23 B. PARKES Honda CBR600RR 1'34.532  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'34.558 0.026
3 11 S. LOWES Honda CBR600RR 1'34.564 0.032
4 99 F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.791 0.259
5 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.807 0.275
6 25 A. BALDOLINI Triumph Daytona 675 1'35.013 0.481
7 38 B. NEMETH Honda CBR600RR 1'35.296 0.764
8 52 L. PESEK Honda CBR600RR 1'35.526 0.994
9 34 R. QUARMBY Honda CBR600RR 1'35.644 1.112
10 20 M. SCHOLTZ Honda CBR600RR 1'35.669 1.137
11 69 O. JEZEK Honda CBR600RR 1'35.709 1.177
12 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.852 1.320
13 10 I. TOTH Honda CBR600RR 1'35.945 1.413
14 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'35.979 1.447
15 40 M. JESSOPP Honda CBR600RR 1'36.044 1.512
16 64 J. DAY Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.191 1.659
17 22 R. TAMBURINI Honda CBR600RR 1'36.328 1.796
18 65 V. LEONOV Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.355 1.823
19 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.413 1.881
20 19 P. SZKOPEK Honda CBR600RR 1'36.458 1.926
21 31 V. IANNUZZO Triumph Daytona 675 1'36.498 1.966
22 87 L. MARCONI Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.660 2.128
23 98 R. LANUSSE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.758 2.226
24 3 J. METCHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.999 2.467
25 13 D. LOMBARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.102 2.570
26 8 A. ANTONELLI Honda CBR600RR 1'37.496 2.964
27 33 Y. POLZER Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.852 4.320
28 27 T. CAIANI Honda CBR600RR 1'39.895 5.363

 

2012
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Comments

Big bummer PJ Jacobsen isn't racing the opening round.

Man, Lowes, Cluzel, Foret, Sofuoglu...fireworks are almost guaranteed in this class.