SBK: World Supersport & Superstock 1000 qualifying round-up
The sole qualifying session for the World Supersport championship held a short time ago at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” was a thriller, with the outright circuit best being bettered initially by Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and PJ Jacobsen (CORE’’ Motorsport Thailand Honda), before eventual Pole setter Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) demolished it by almost a second. The Frenchman’s time of 1.37.482s gave him an advantage over his rivals of 0.473s.
Sofouglu and Jacobsen were second and third and will take their respective places on the record-breaking front row of the grid for tomorrow’s 19-lap race.
The battle to make it onto the second row was as equally exciting with the three places available only decided in the final moments of the session. In the end fourth position on the grid went to Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), with Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) and Fabio Menghi fifth and sixth, respectively. For Menghi and the VFT Yamaha Racing squad it was their best ever qualifying position in the World Supersport championship.
Row 3 tomorrow will comprise Alex Baldolini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Roberto Rolfo (Lorini Honda), and Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven).
Kyle Smith was looking good for a front running grid slot until he crashed his Pata Honda. Unhurt, he will start 11th ahead of Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki), who also fell off his bike during the session.
FIM Superstock 1000 Cup points leader Lorenzo Savadori (Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia) gave himself the best opportunity to put one hand on the 2015 title after storming to Pole Position in today’s red flagged qualifying session. The Italian posted a time well beneath the old circuit record to become the fastest Superstock rider to lap the Misano World Circuit.
Joining Savadori on the front row tomorrow will be Ondrej Jezek (Triple-M by Barni Ducati), who fell after posting the provisional pole time and Althea Racing Ducati’s Raffaele de Rosa. Kevin Calia on the second Nuova M2 Aprila heads row 2 in fourth ahead of Kev Coghlan (MRS Yamaha) and Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Trasimeno Yamaha).
The session was stopped with just over 6 minutes to go after Fabio Massei (EAB Racing Ducati) and Luca Salvadori (Althea Racing Ducati) crashed. They will start seventh and thirteenth respectively on the grid tomorrow.