Guintoli Sets Pace In Sepang Superpole


Sylvain Guintoli took advantage of an error from Loris Baz to claim pole position for Sunday’s World Superbike races in Malaysia. The Aprilia rider looked set to lose his quickest time to Baz in the dying seconds but a crash for the Kawasaki swung the battle Sylvain’s way.

Guintoli had been the dominant force throughout free practice with the Aprilia looking competitive on the long straights of Sepang and his first timed lap of Superpole lifted him straight to the top of the pile. Sylvain set a 2:03.581 to go half a second clear of compatriot Loris Baz but with many riders still to use a set of qualifying tyres, the session was still very much alive.

Marco Melandri was the first to stake his claim but fell four tenths short of his teammate’s time, a gap that would soon increase to a second when Sylvain improved himself. Both Kawasakis were on flying laps and Loris Baz looked certain to snatch pole position only to lose the front end of his ZX-10R at the final corner. Instead, his teammate Tom Sykes grabbed second with a 2:03.108 with Davide Giugliano taking the final place on the front row.

Toni Elias took a fine fourth on the Red Devils Aprilia with Melandri demoting Baz to sixth. Eugene Laverty will start seventh for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki with teammate Alex Lowes ninth behind Chaz Davies’ Ducati. The PATA Hondas had a terrible afternoon with Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam over a second and a half off the pace, qualifying tenth and eleventh respectively.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 6 – SEPANG
TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 2:03.002
2  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 2:03.108
3  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 2:03.137
4  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 2:03.160
5  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 2:03.971
6  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 2:04.027
7  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 2:04.263
8  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 2:04.343
9  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 2:04.433
10  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 2:04.514
11  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 2:05.202
12  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 2:06.388
ELIMINATED IN SUPERPOLE 1
13  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 2:05.771
14  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA RC-YAKHNICH MOTORSPORT 2:05.859
15  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 2:06.012
16  LEON CAMIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 2:06.184
17  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 2:06.631
18  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 2:06.808
19  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA 2:07.081
20  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 2:07.220
FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR SUPERPOLE 1
21  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 2:07.544
22  ROMAIN LANUSSE KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 2:07.628
23  BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 2:07.926
24  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 2:08.211
25  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 2:10.317
26  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 2:10.761
27  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 2:11.191