Giugliano Bags Portimao Pole as Rea Crashes

Davide Giugliano used cunning tactics to claim his second World Superbike pole position in three events, although the headlines were made elsewhere in an eventful Superpole session. Championship leader Jonathan Rea had been the pacesetter through free practice but a crash early in SP2 saw him plummet down the grid order.

Rea’s opening effort stopped the clock at 1:42.902 but his session would stop altogether shortly afterwards after a crash at turn three. With the ‘one-bike rule’ in place, Rea was unable to resume the session, leaving Tom Sykes to go it alone for Kawasaki.

The 2013 champion clocked an impressive 1:41.880 but little did he know, Giugliano had locked his Ducati into the slipstream of the ZX-10R and crossed the finish line seconds later to snatch pole straight away from the Yorkshireman.

After physical limitations prevented him from fighting for victory at Imola, Giugliano is hopeful of putting up a tougher fight tomorrow although he admits cooler conditions would give him the best possible chance.

“In this morning’s session we worked really well and I think we took another good step forward with respect to yesterday’s sessions. This afternoon it was more tricky, also because of the higher temperature but I can say that we’re feeling confident ahead of the races. I’m really pleased with pole position of course – my second since returning at Imola and, considering that the other guys have completed eight more races than me this season, I see this as an important result which also boosts my morale. Tomorrow I hope that race 1 takes place in slightly cooler conditions while I realise that the second will be tough if conditions are particularly hot.”

Chaz Davies rounds out the front row for Ducati with both Panigale machines running an upgraded exhaust while Alex Lowes confirmed Suzuki’s recent progress, navigating his way through a competitive SP1 before securing fourth on the grid. Leon Haslam took fifth ahead of Matteo Baiocco and Sylvain Guintoli while Rea fell all the way to eighth, leaving on row three tomorrow alongside Jordi Torres’ Aprilia.



134. Davide Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:41.764SP2
266. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:41.880SP2
37. Chaz Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:42.123SP2
422. Alex LowesSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:42.198SP2
591. Leon HaslamApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:42.217SP2
615. Matteo BaioccoDucatiAlthea Racing1:42.468SP2
71. Sylvain GuintoliHondaPATA Honda World Superbike Team1:42.641SP2
865. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:42.902SP2
981. Jordi TorresApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:42.975SP2
1086. Ayrton BadoviniBMWBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:43.067SP2
1136. Leandro MercadoDucatiBarni Racing Team1:43.327SP2
1244. David SalomKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:43.609SP2
1360. Michael van der MarkHondaPATA Honda World Superbike Team1:43.272SP1
142. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse1:43.468SP1
1540. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Go Eleven1:43.488SP1
1614. Randy de PunietSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:44.273SP1
1718. Nicolas TerolDucatiAlthea Racing1:44.992SP1
1823. Christophe PonssonKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:45.066SP1
1951. Santiago BarraganKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:45.640SP1
2059. Niccolo CanepaKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:45.674SP1
2110. Imre TothBMWBMW Team Toth1:47.405FP3
2275. Gabor RizmayerBMWBMW Team Toth1:48.750FP3