2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike QP1 Results: Guintoli Heads Off Sykes At Home

In a wet session that only had drops of rain at the beginning, Sylvain Guintoli was fastest by over a third of a second, ahead of Tom Sykes. With unpredictable weather promised all weekend, the championship will likely not be decided this weekend.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.709   295,9
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.095 0.386 291,9
3 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 1'39.378 0.669 292,7
4 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.380 0.671 290,3
5 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.451 0.742 291,1
6 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.549 0.840 290,3
7 52 V. PHILIPPE Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.579 0.870 279,1
8 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'39.678 0.969 291,9
9 84 M. FABRIZIO Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.799 1.090 279,1
10 51 M. PIRRO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'39.821 1.112 279,8
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.085 1.376 279,1
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.202 1.493 288,0
13 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'40.263 1.554 282,7
14 57 L. LANZI Ducati 1098R 1'40.352 1.643 279,8
15 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.483 1.774 278,4
16 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.137 2.428 272,0
17 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.281 2.572 275,5
18 32 F. LAI Ducati 1199 1'42.474 3.765 285,7
19 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 1'43.180 4.471 268,7


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based on this season's results, Laverty seems the most likely to end up on his ass.
If it does rain on sunday Guinto is the uber-favorite for the win, if it doesn't that's gonna be hard to pull that many points away from Sykes.
Watch out for Pirro, Ducati "do it all" guy, first day on the Panigale and he's already 10th, 1 second from the fastest lap and merely 0"4 from a top3 position. He's hungry, does not lack talent and has nothing to lose.

You gotta ask yourself why the 1098R of yesteryear is so close to the Pannigale.
Botom end torque and longer stroke. My golly, wichever way you bend it the twins are sickly compromised. We had a rule of thumb back in the day. A 4 cylinder engine of equal technology and capacity will outgun a twin by a ratio of 4 to 3. SBK started out based on this correct observation. Hence 750 4's vs 1000 twins. The old rule of thumb is sure proving itself worthy of note in this class. Oddball tripples were about 10% off colour fundamentally vs 4 cylinder.
Last I heard, Ducati and twins and tripples will not contest SBK 2014 within all the major and minor disciplines.
Back in the day,the twin cylinder teams had the best riders. Roche,Polen,Foggy,Bayliss and a bunch of others. Sorry if I offended any 4 cylinder kleptocrat. No wonder interest in SBK has dropped to an all time low.
The blokes soldier on and I look forward to the racing this Sunday. No question about it. I'm rooting for Eugene Laverty.

I assume the homologation of the 1098R hasn't changed, so it's still carrying a 5kg weight penalty? In which case it's even more embarrassing.

4-cylinder and twins weigh the same for 2013 (165 kg). Intake restrictions on twins dropped mid-season.

Interesting that the 1098R got a weight reduction mid-way through Aprilia's title-winning 2010 season, then dominated in 2011, which meant it got a 6kg weight increase for 2012, in which it got beaten pretty badly. Seemed that the WSBK rulebook worked pretty well to balance the Aprilia V-4 and the Ducati 1098 L-twin.