2013 Imola World Superbike Superpole Results: Red Flag? No Worries

A dry session, with three 12-minute sessions to determine final grid position, with Jonathan Rea ahead of Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano entering as the provisional front row, and not even a red flag could interfere with fate.

In the first session, Jonathan Rea was, as usual, the first rider to set a time, giving everyone a target to beat. Tom Sykes set a time of 1’46.555 shortly after, while Carlos Checa crashed his Ducati before setting a lap time good enough for 12th, but he was nudged out of contention by a still-injured Leon Haslam. Marco Melandri set the second fastest time, to the joy of his team.

In Superpole 2, Rea set the target again and, again, Sykes knocked it down, setting the fastest ever lap with a 1’46.542. Ayrton Badovini put his beleaguered Panigale in second place, showing his faster laps all weekend have not been flukes. Michel Fabrizio, another rider who has been putting in good times all weekend, suffered from a problem with his Aprilia, forcing him to wheel it back to his garage before he could get a lap in.

Rea set the pace lap for Superpole 3, with a superb 1'46.556, but behind him, Sykes put an even better 1'46.287 when the red flag was brought out, cancelling his lap. Sykes's teammate Loris Baz crashed at 160mph, throwing his bike into an air fence so fast that it flew over to the next corner, spewing fuel over the tarmac. Baz came off much better than his bike, luckily, which was just as well as Kawasakis can be rebuilt easier than tall Frenchmen. Sykes would have completed his blistering lap without seeing the red flags, and he wasn't alone in losing a decent place as Laverty also had a lap cancelled. The session restarted with under six minutes to go.

After the restart, everyone apart from Baz, his only bike having been destroyed, went out and they all gave the area where Baz's bike landed a wide berth, but even that didn't stop an angry Tom Sykes from putting his team into fits of nervous laughter with an impossible 1'45.981, getting him his seventeenth career pole position.

A very happy Davide Giugliano was the fastest of the Aprilias, taking third ahead of both factory machines, while Jonathan Rea, happier than usual with his bike, took second place behind the King of Saturdays Tom Sykes, who somehow set his pole lap on a race tyre as his last qualifier was used in the red-flagged lap.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.981   286,8
2 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.556 0.575 282,2
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.713 0.732 282,2
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.857 0.876 283,7
5 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.931 0.950 281,5
6 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'47.165 1.184 273,5
7 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'47.221 1.240 286,0
8 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'47.396 1.415 273,5
9 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R no time set n/a n/a
    Did not qualify for Superpole 3        
10 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 1'47.736 1.194 281,5
11 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.096 1.554 278,5
12 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory no time set n/a n/a
    Did not qualify for Superpole 2        
13 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'48.446 1.591 273,5
14 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.636 1.781 277,0
15 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'48.927 2.072 273,5
    Did not qualify for Superpole 1        
16 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.987 2.782 161,561
17 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 1'50.787 3.582 160,394
18 41 N. HAGA BMW S1000 RR 1'51.680 4.475 159,112
19 5 A. LUNDH Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.232 5.027 158,329


Round Number: 
Tweet Button: 

Back to top


thanks for that Jared. Wondered why the Superpole 3 times took so long to come up, and also wondered what happened to Carlos in SP1. So Sykes has slashed three quarters of a second off his own pole record, which he set in Superpole 3 last year! Wonder if we will see a repeat Ducati vs Kawasaki battle for the win here this year, as it has been in the past three...