Davies Grabs Maiden WSBK Pole at Laguna Seca

by Louis Suddaby

Chaz Davies has taken his first ever World Superbike pole position after leading a sensational Ducati 1-2 in Superpole at Laguna Seca. The Welshman ended his three and a half year wait with a tremendous lap which saw him edge out teammate Davide Giugliano and surprise package Jordi Torres.

Davies had previously set the pace in Friday practice, only for the Kawasaki of Tom Sykes to edge ahead in FP3, but Ducati looked a class above the rest throughout SP2. First blood went to Giugliano with a 1:23.086, already the quickest lap of the weekend, but Davies became the first rider to break into the 1:22s on his second lap with race rubber.

A switch to qualifying tyres saw the times tumble but Ducati retained their four-tenth advantage over the fastest Kawasaki. Davies found nine tenths, lowering the benchmark time to a 1:22.101, while Giugliano came up short after encountering traffic on his first run. His second run was clearer, although the Italian did catch the Suzuki of Alex Lowes after crossing the line, promptly ruining the Briton’s lap as they rounded the first corner side-by-side.

Despite having never raced at Laguna Seca before, Torres rode superbly to snatch third from Sykes with championship Jonathan Rea only fifth after a critical error on his qualifying tyre run. Leon Haslam rounds out the second row on the second Aprilia with Niccolo Canepa seventh ahead of an annoyed Alex Lowes while Leon Camier starts tenth after navigating his way through a tight SP1 session, just behind reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli.



17. Chaz DaviesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:22.101SP2
234. Davide GiuglianoDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:22.297SP2
381. Jordi TorresApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:22.414SP2
466. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:22.526SP2
565. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:22.854SP2
691. Leon HaslamApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:22.991SP2
759. Niccolo CanepaDucatiAlthea Racing1:23.256SP2
822. Alex LowesSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:23.285SP2
91. Sylvain GuintoliHondaPATA Honda World Superbike Team1:23.406SP2
102. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse1:23.990SP2
1144. David SalomKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:23.998SP2
1286. Ayrton BadoviniBMWBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:24.663SP2
1315. Matteo BaioccoDucatiAlthea Racing1:24.146SP1
1436. Leandro MercadoDucatiBarni Racing Team1:24.166SP1
1560. Michael van der MarkHondaPATA Honda World Superbike Team1:24.461SP1
1640. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Go Eleven1:24.619SP1
1714. Randy de PunietSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:24.771SP1
1823. Christophe PonssonKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:25.485SP1
1975. Gabor RizmayerBMWBMW Team Toth1:26.489SP1
2051. Santiago BarraganKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:26.968SP1
2145. Gianluca VizzielloKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:27.480FP3
2210. Imre TothBMWBMW Team Toth1:28.254FP3

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