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SBK Silverstone: Last Gasp Laverty Takes First Pole

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Eugene Laverty claimed the first pole position of his World Superbike career in a strange end to Superpole at Silverstone. The Irishman was the chief beneficiary of a brief shower which turned a session which looked to be running to form completely on its head.

Only four minutes of Superpole 3 remained when drizzle began to fall but rather than let the session run to its conclusion, race direction threw a red flag and ordered a new twenty minute session under ‘wet Superpole’ rules. This was bad news for Kawasaki with Tom Sykes and Loris Baz enjoying a comfortable 1-2 but Laverty wouldn’t be complaining.

Any rain that fell was brief and light and conditions were at their best in the closing seconds when Laverty leapt to the top ahead of Jonathan Rea who had previously pipped Baz. Carlos Checa would steal second from the Ulsterman but Tom Sykes could only manage fifth after dominating the two knockout sessions and he was bewildered by the change in format.

“If those are the rules then that’s what happens but at least we got back to the second row and not the third. There had four minutes left of the session when they stopped it and turned it into a wet Superpole. I am far from happy because nobody even looked at a wet tyre.”

Leon Camier was another of the big losers when times were reset having looked set for a front row start but he was eventually demoted to seventh by Chaz Davies and was far from pleased with the day’s events.

“I’m really upset by what happened in Superpole, but it is what it is and we have to accept it. We have been second or third in every session so far this weekend and I was third in Superpole 3, which I thought was good enough, but typically with how our luck seems to go, it sort of half dribbled at the wrong time and my time didn’t count. The few spots of rain didn’t affect us as we had already done the lap-time, but even when I was on my lap it wasn’t enough to slow me down, but they decided to stop it and end the session anyway – which was really frustrating.”


2013 eni Superbike World Championship – Round Nine: Silverstone
Superpole Result
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Eugene Laverty Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 2:04.730
2  Carlos Checa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 2:04.949
3  Jonathan Rea Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 2:05.078
4  Loris Baz Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:05.105
5  Tom Sykes Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:05.949
6  Chaz Davies BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 2:06.369
7  Leon Camier Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 2:06.775
8  Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team No Time
9  Davide Giugliano Aprilia Althea Racing No Time
Eliminated In SP2
10  Jules Cluzel Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 2:05.011
11  Max Neukirchner Ducati MR-Racing 2:05.492
12  Leon Haslam Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 2:05.573
Eliminated In SP1
13  Ayrton Badovini Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 2:05.492
14  Michel Fabrizio Aprilia Red Devils Roma 2:05.593
15  Marco Melandri BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 2:13.317
Failed To Qualify For Superpole
16  Mark Aitchison Kawasaki Pedercini Team 2:07.743
17  Federico Sandi Kawasaki Pedercini Team 2:08.106
18  Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 2:09.543

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