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SBK Nurburgring: Badovini Bags Wet Weather Pole

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Ayrton Badovini revelled in miserable weather conditions to claim the first pole position of his World Superbike career at the Nurburgring. The Italian was competitive throughout the wet Superpole session and edged ahead of Marco Melandri with his final lap of the afternoon.

For Alstare Ducati, Badovini’s success earned them their first pole since Phillip Island in a painful season and the Italian rider dedicated the result to the hard work of his mechanics.

“I’m really happy with the result. I knew that if it was wet we’d have the chance to qualify on the front row but I didn’t expect to be on pole, it’s fantastic! Towards the end of the second phase the track was getting more and more slippery, it was risky but I wanted to give it my all, to see if we could finish on top and we did it. In those kind of conditions, the union between my 1199 Panigale and my ability in the wet works perfectly. I’m enjoying this moment; this result is for the team that has worked so hard since the start of the season. We haven’t formulated a strategy for the races yet but to start out in front will surely be an advantage.”

Melandri was another rider to shine in the wet conditions, in contrast to the dry conditions which had seen his teammate Chaz Davies dominate, and Marco will line up second on the grid for tomorrow’s races ahead of title challenger Tom Sykes who’s SP2 ended early with a highside at turn three. Loris Baz starts right behind his teammate in fourth with the Hondas of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam completing row two.

Davies will still hope to come through from seventh in tomorrow’s races but Aprilia have it all to do with Sylvain Guintoli eighth and Eugene Laverty twelfth, the latter having missed out on a place in SP2 after a frantic end to the first session.


2013 eni Superbike World Championship – Round 10: Nurburgring
Wet Superpole Result
Pos Rider Bike Team Time
1  Ayrton Badovini Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 2:09.513
2  Marco Melandri BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 2:09.616
3  Tom Sykes Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:10.136
4  Loris Baz Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:10.401
5  Jonathan Rea Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 2:11.204
6  Leon Haslam Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 2:12.006
7  Chaz Davies BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 2:12.663
8  Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 2:13.177
9  Jules Cluzel Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 2:14.454
Eliminated In SP1
10  Max Neukirchner Ducati MR-Racing 2:15.975
11  Leon Camier Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 2:16.393
12  Eugene Laverty Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 2:16.409
13  Michel Fabrizio Aprilia Red Devils Roma 2:16.660
14  Davide Giugliano Aprilia Althea Racing 2:18.775
15  Matej Smrz Yamaha Yamaha Motor Deutschland 2:19.277
Failed To Qualify For Superpole
16  Mark Aitchison Kawasaki Pedercini Team 1:56.344
17  Markus Reiterberger BMW Vanzon-Remeha-BMW 1:56.362
18  Carlos Checa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 1:56.451
19  Federico Sandi Kawasaki Pedercini Team 1:57.482
20  Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 1:58.409
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