Baz Beats Giugliano To Jerez Pole Position


Loris Baz has given himself the best possible chance of reviving his World Superbike Championship hopes after claiming pole position for tomorrow’s races at Jerez. The Frenchman denied Davide Giugliano in the latter stages of the session with Tom Sykes slipping up towards the end of his hot lap and falling to third.

Baz trails his teammate Sykes by 72 points heading into the final six races but looks well placed to make inroads tomorrow after setting the fastest ever World Superbike lap of Jerez, and he is confident of carrying his pace into race day.

“We changed something on the bike set-up for Superpole and it worked out well. I could have pushed a little bit more in the first split because I did not know how the full grip of the tyre would be. I think I did the second part of the track really fast so it was a really good lap. My second pole this year but it is the first in fully dry conditions and I am really happy about that. This morning I was struggling a little with finding the best grip but it was the same for everyone. When the conditions are hot here it can be a little strange. Allowing for this I think we have been strong from the beginning of the weekend, especially on fresh tyres. I am happy and confident for the races now.”

Giugliano had initially bagged the circuit record for himself before Baz’s late flyer but the Italian is still delighted with his result and now hopes to succeed where he has failed in the past and convert Q2 pace into points.

“I’m really pleased to be back on the front row as we haven’t been here for a while. This weekend has been tough so far because these conditions make things a bit difficult for us but this result means that the entire team has done a great job and that we are continuing to make good progress. Tomorrow’s races will be hard work I expect, due to the hot conditions. I’ll be doing everything I can to keep the tyres in the best possible condition and obtain the best possible results. I thank my whole team for their hard work so far – it’s a great result.”

Although third wasn’t the ideal result, Sykes will still line up ahead of his two other championship rivals with Sylvain Guintoli fifth behind his Aprilia teammate Marco Melandri while Jonathan Rea must come through from tenth tomorrow. Between him and the Aprilias will start a British quartet, Eugene Laverty, Chaz Davies, Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes all qualifying inside the top ten.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 10 – JEREZ
FREE PRACTICE & TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME 
1  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:40.298 SP2
2  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:40.533 SP2
3  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:40.561 SP2
4  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:40.822 SP2
5  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:40.877 SP2
6  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:41.092 SP2
7  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:41.199 SP2
8  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:41.338 SP2
9  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:41.421 SP2
10  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:41.447 SP2
11  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:41.882 SP2
12  SYLVAIN BARRIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:42.928 SP2
13  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:42.329 SP1
14  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:42.356 SP1
15  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:42.622 SP1
16  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:43.380 SP1
17  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 1:43.628 SP1
18  BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:43.640 SP1
19  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE 1:43.651 SP1
20  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:44.633 SP1
21  GABOR RIZMAYER BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:45.590 FP3
22  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:45.693 FP3
23  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:45.929 FP3
24  LUCA SCASSA KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:47.525  FP1