WSBK: Round #4 Day Two Superpole Report - Imola

Johnathan Rea race action shot

wSBK Press Release:

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) has taken Pole Position for tomorrow's two 19 lap races after a thrilling Superpole session kept the large crowd thoroughly entertained. This is the first Superpole win for Rea this year, the third so far in his WSBK career and the 45th for Honda.

In Superpole 1, Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Leon Camier emerged as the fastest two riders and progressed into Superpole 2 with the ten riders that were automatically seeded after Free Practice.

The final 15 minute session, held in blisteringly hot conditions eventually saw Rea come out on top after several riders including took their turn to head the standings. Sylvain Guintoli and Davide Giugliano will line up alongside Rea with other factory Ducati rider Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri and reigning Champion Tom Sykes completing the second row.

After progressing courtesy of being in the top two in Superpole 1, Canepa was the fastest EVO rider today, making it onto row 3 in 9th position after a solid performance this afternoon.

Chaz Davies race action shot

Chaz Davies:

“Today has gone well and we’ve taken another step forward. This morning we had really good pace and although there is still room for improvement I’m happy with how things have been going. The Superpole was also positive and finishing fourth is our best result so far, a result that gives me confidence, coming after some bad luck in previous Superpoles. Tomorrow I’m expecting two tough races, it will be difficult but today I was able to do race distance with the tire and our pace wasn’t bad. We’re confident and ready to race here tomorrow.”

Times:

1. Rea (Honda) 1'46.289 average 167.182 kph

2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'46.554

3. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'46.555

4. Davies (Ducati) 1'46.678

5. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'46.740

6. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'46.767

7. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'47.014

8. Laverty (Suzuki) 1'47.715

9. Canepa (Ducati) 1'48.240

10. Haslam (Honda) 1'48.242

11. Camier (BMW) 1'48.371

12. Lowes (Suzuki) 1'48.196

13. Goi (Ducati)

14. Salom (Kawasaki)

15. Elias(Aprilia)

16. Badovini (Bimota)

17. Scassa (Kawasaki)

18. Morais (Kawasaki)

19. Iddon (Bimota)

20. Fabrizio (Kawasaki)

Jules Cluzel race action shot

World Supersport:

Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC – Yakhnich Motorsport) snatched Pole Position for the fourth round of the World Supersport championship at Imola in sweltering conditions with a final lap surge to displace multiple champion Kenan Sofuoglu.

The winner from Phillip Island overcame a technical problem earlier in the weekend to take his sixth supersport Pole Position.

Italian Lorenzo Zanetti will complete the front row.

Row two comprises Kev Coghlan, Roberto Tamburini and Assen winner Michael van der Mark.

Jack Kennedy crashed and was unable to continue, he will start from 19th.

Alex Baldolini suffered a technical problem and will start the race from the back row of the grid in 24th position.

Times:

1. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 1'51.110 average 159.928 kph

2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1'51.326

3. Zanetti (Honda) 1'51.443

4. Coghlan (Yamaha) 1'51.524

5. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 1'51.711

6. Vd Mark (Honda) 1'51.840

7. Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 1'51.914

8. Marino (Kawasaki) 1'51.961

9. Leonov (MV Agusta) 1'52.416

10. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 1'52.643

11. Bussolotti (Honda) 1'52.729

12. Wahr (Yamaha) 1'52.756

13. Menghi (Yamaha) 1'52.926

14. Russo (Honda) 1'52.982

15. Wilairot (Honda) 1'52.994

Superstock 1000:

Fabio Massei (EAB Racing Team) will start tomorrow’s third round of the FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup from Pole Position after a blistering lap in official qualifying.

For Italian Massei, it was the first Pole Position of his career and the first for the EAB Ducati Team.

Italy made it two riders in the top two positions as Lorenzo Savadori closed to within 0.031s but had to be content with second on the grid. Czech rider Ondrej Jezek took 3rd and the final front row spot.

Leandro Mercado, Federico D’Annunzio and Romain Lanusse will be on the second row of the grid, whilst American Josh Day will move off from 7th position.

Kevin Calia made his Aprilia debut in the class with a spirited ride to 13th at the flag.

Times:

1. Massei (Ducati) 1'50.351 average 161.028 kph

2. Savadori (Kawasaki) 1'50.382

3. Jezek (Ducati) 1'50.707

4. Mercado (Ducati) 1'51.635

5. D'Annunzio (BMW) 1'51.825

6. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 1'51.874

7. Day (Honda) 1'52.053

8. Smith (Honda) 1'52.071

9. Nemeth (Kawasaki) 1'52.410

10. Grotzkyj G. (Kawasaki) 1'52.515

11. Muresan (BMW) 1'52.541

12. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 1'52.598

13. Calia (Aprilia) 1'52.690

14. Castellarin (BMW) 1'52.824

15. Schiavoni (BMW) 1'52.959

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