2013 Imola World Superbike QP1 Results: Sykes And Rea Continue Form

While the factory Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli are lacking pace, struggling to qualify as high as the customer options of Michel Fabrizio and fellow Italian Davide Giugliano, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea continue their mornings' progress. Ayrton Badovini, another local man, took the struggling Ducati Panigale to a provisional fourth place while old favourite Noriyuki Haga's return has him languishing two spots from the bottom. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'47.218   285,3
2 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.330 0.112 283,0
3 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.619 0.401 280,7
4 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'47.674 0.456 274,2
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.704 0.486 278,5
6 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'47.788 0.570 284,5
7 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.878 0.660 283,7
8 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.147 0.929 274,9
9 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.316 1.098 280,7
10 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.668 1.450 280,0
11 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 1'48.697 1.479 280,7
12 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'48.721 1.503 272,0
13 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.725 1.507 279,2
14 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.150 1.932 276,3
15 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'49.194 1.976 273,5
16 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.987 2.769 269,3
17 41 N. HAGA BMW S1000 RR 1'51.680 4.462 270,6
18 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 1'52.268 5.050 262,6
19 5 A. LUNDH Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.471 5.253 263,9


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Tom Sykes' scored his first WSC pole at Imola with a 2m 07.341s lap on a damp track in 2010 on the old 'up-and-over' twin spar-framed ZX10R, quite an achievement on that flex-flyer. He led the races early too, until the rear tyre degraded and he was shuffled backwards. He ended up 6-4 on a day when Carlos Checa won both races on the old steel-tube framed Ducati 1198RS.

In 2011, Checa was on pole at Imola with a 1m 47.196s lap - Sykes was 4th fastest with 1m 47.468s. In the races, Checa went 3-1, Sykes scored 4-DNF and Johnny Rea went 1-DNF and Haga was 2-2.

For 2012, Sykes was on pole with a 1m 46.748s lap and scored 2-2 to Checa's 1-1. Carlos qualified third fastest with a 1m 47.423s lap.

Leon Haslam scored 3-3 for BMW and Max Biaggi scored a pair of fourths for Aprilia.

Sykes' 1:46.748 effort is the pole record at Imola, and he's not far off that (0.47s) with two more sessions and Superpole to come.

Go Tom!

Meanwhile, over at Ducati, Badovini is just 0.25 off Checa's 2012 Superpole time. So coould we be in for another Kawasaki vs Ducati showdown?

... the Superbike race record for 21 laps of Imola stands to Carlos Checa on the Althea Ducati 1198RS. He set that last year in the second race when he took 37m 57.571s for the race, an average speed of 163.842 km/h.

So far this year, the Panigale has not been matching the lap times or race times of the old steel-tube frame 1198RS.

Imola is an historic track for Ducati so it will be interesting to see whether the Panigale betters the old markers set by the excellent 1198RS.

Perhaps Ducati should have re-homologated the 1198RS last year and started the season with a proven bike, then brought on the Panigale when it was sorted.

Perhaps the arrogance of the MotoGP team infected the people making the decisions on the Superbike!

The Germans will not be amused.