Giugliano Splashes To Donington Park Pole Position


Davide Giugliano has claimed his first pole position for Ducati after coming out on top in a rain-affected Superpole session at Donington Park. The Italian timed his flying lap to perfection, denying British Superbike champion Alex Lowes and fellow home favourite Leon Haslam.

With conditions steadily improving, the quickest times were always likely to be set at the very end although PATA Honda duo Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam were on the pace immediately, swapping provisional pole. The championship leader damaged his bid though with a crash at the Melbourne loop and with the Rea out of commission, Alex Lowes took full advantage to snatch top spot in the final two minutes.

A frantic finale saw Haslam return to the top for PATA Honda, only to be usurped immediately by Giugliano’s Ducati, while Lowes could only manage a 1:45.258 which, although it was his quickest lap of the afternoon, only lifted him back into second. Haslam wasn’t finished though and the local favourite regained P2 on his very last lap and a last gasp flyer for Marco Melandri ensured he would take the final front row spot from Lowes.

Sylvain Guintoli had a spill of his own at the Foggy Esses although he remounted to take fifth. Rea wasn’t so lucky though after his accident and was eventually relegated to eighth by the Kawasakis of Loris Baz and Tom Sykes. Toni Elias will start ninth after negotiating his way through a tricky Q1 with Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies right behind after both struggled in the soaking conditions.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 5 – DONINGTON PARK
TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:44.903
2  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:45.009
3  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:45.111
4  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:45.258
5  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:45.839
6  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:46.058
7  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:46.241
8  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:46.306
9  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:46.326
10  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:47.963
11  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:50.099
12  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE NO TIME
ELIMINATED IN SUPERPOLE 1
13  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:49.541
14  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA RC-YAKHNICH MOTORSPORT 1:49.961
15  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:50.509
16  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:51.062
17  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:53.656
18  LEON CAMIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK NO TIME
19  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA NO TIME
20  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI NO TIME
FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR SUPERPOLE 1
21  ROMAIN LANUSSE KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:32.032
22  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:32.064
23  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:32.339
24  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:32.615
FAILED TO QUALIFY WITHIN 107% IN FREE PRACTICE
25  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:34.194
26  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:34.519
27  BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:35.916