Haslam Snatches Rare Pole Position at Aragon

by Louis Suddaby

Leon Haslam has claimed just the second pole position of his World Superbike career after snatching top spot from under the nose of Chaz Davies at Aragon. The Aprilia rider struck with just over a minute of Superpole remaining to deny Davies, who had set the pace in free practice, with the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea third and fourth.

A number of big names found themselves in trouble following the three practice sessions with defending champion Sylvain Guintoli forced to take part in SP1 along with the Voltcom Crescent Suzukis of Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet. Guintoli would have started as favourite to book his place in the pole position shootout but Ayrton Badovini sprung a surprise to top the session aboard his BMW while Lowes put in a last-gasp flyer to take second with Matteo Baiocco relegating Guintoli to fourth and fourteenth on the grid.

The second session got off to a sensational start with Jonathan Rea immediately setting the quickest lap time of the weekend, a 1:50.740. Chaz Davies soon put that into perspective with a 1:50.299 and as the riders returned to fit their qualifying tyres, the Welshman held provisional pole.

Davies was the first to use the softer rubber and broke straight into the 1:49s despite an error at turn one, extending his lead at the top to almost a second, but Ayrton Badovini had tucked himself into the slipstream of the Panigale and towed his way onto the front row in third. Haslam soon changed that with a 1:49.664, three hundredths quicker than Davies’ flyer, while Tom Sykes secured his place on the front row despite a difficult final sector which potentially cost him a shot at pole.

Championship leader Jonathan Rea will line up fourth after failing to break into the 1:49s with Ducati substitute Xavi Fores qualifying a fine fifth. Badovini was demoted to sixth with Jordi Torres taking seventh on the second Aprilia, just ahead of Alex Lowes and Nicolas Terol.



191. Leon HaslamApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:49.664SP2
27. Chaz DaviesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:49.697SP2
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:49.863SP2
465. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:50.053SP2
5112. Xavi ForesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:50.449SP2
686. Ayrton BadoviniBMWBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:50.670SP2
781. Jordi TorresApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:50.735SP2
822. Alex LowesSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:50.924SP2
918. Nicolas TerolDucatiAlthea Racing1:51.146SP2
1036. Leandro MercadoDucatiBarni Racing Team1:51.243SP2
1160. Michael van der MarkHondaPATA Honda World Superbike1:51.510SP2
1244. David SalomKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:52.016SP2
1315. Matteo BaioccoDucatiAlthea Racing1:51.404SP1
141. Sylvain GuintoliHondaPATA Honda World Superbike1:51.481SP1
152. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse1:52.526SP1
1659. Niccolo CanepaEBRTeam Hero EBR1:52.970SP1
1723. Christophe PonssonKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:53.065SP1
1840. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Go Eleven1:53.138SP1
1914. Randy de PunietSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:53.477SP1
2051. Santiago BarraganKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:53.830SP1
2190. Javier AlvizKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:55.223FP3
2272. Larry PegramEBRTeam Hero EBR1:55.858FP3
2310. Imre TothBMWBMW Team Toth1:56.948FP3
2475. Gabor RizmayerBMWBMW Team Toth1:57.141FP3

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