2012 Portimao WSBK Superpole Results

Superpole was dry at Portimao, even though rain has been slated as a possibility for tomorrow.

Eugene Laverty put in a 1'42.659 early on in Superpole one and was joined by his team mate Max Biaggi, before the pair of them returned to their garage, confident they would qualify for the second session. Then, Tom Sykes crossed the finish line, skipping the bike over the crest of the straight spectacularly on the rear wheel, to take the top place. Chaz Davies spent one of his qualifying tyres, as he couldn't make it to the second session on regular rubber, and stole the top spot from Sykes.

In Superpole Two, most riders set out on qualifiers as soon as the gate was opened. Marco Melandri tucked in behind Max Biaggi, tying their qualifying fates together. Checa set the fastest time, until Sykes took it off him with a 1'41.691, beating Jonathan Rea's pole position time from last year.

The final session had a feeling of inevitability about it when Tom Sykes put in a 1'41.415, sliding the Kawasaki out of the final corner spectacularly. Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty were the only other men able to get a lap under 1'42.

For the title fight, Marco Melandri made the front row, but Max Biaggi had to settle for fifth place. Tom Sykes claimed his eighth pole position.

Results after Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.415  
2 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'41.780 0.365
3 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'41.789 0.374
4 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'42.015 0.600
5 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.140 0.725
6 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'42.271 0.856
7 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.717 1.302
8 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.459 2.044
    Do not qualify for Superpole Three:      
9 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.767 1.076
10 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'42.799 1.108
11 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'42.995 1.304
12 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.199 1.508
    Do not qualify for Superpole Two:      
13 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'43.410 0.894
14 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'43.483 0.967
15 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'43.863 1.347
16 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.479 1.963
    Do not qualify for Superpole:      
17 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.569 1.769
18 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'44.790 1.990
19 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.865 2.065
20 5 LUNDH A Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.158 2.358
21 57 LANZI L Ducati 1098R 1'45.682 2.882
22 151 BAIOCCO M Ducati 1098R 1'46.344 3.544
23 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 1'46.891 4.091


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