WSBK – WSBK Miller: Smrz on pole ahead of King Checa –

WSBK Miller: Smrz on pole ahead of King Checa

WSBK - WSBK Miller: Smrz on pole ahead of King Checa -

Unlike last year, Jakub Smrz had the last word against Carlos Checa during the American Superpole! The Spaniard remains the favorite for Monday’s races but will have to beware of Sykes, Rea, Biaggi … and Guintoli !

Unlike last year, Jakub Smrz had the last word against Carlos Checa during the American Superpole !

The Spaniard remains the favorite for Monday’s races but will have to beware of Sykes, Rea, Biaggi … and Guintoli !

The last driver to cross the finish line during the final qualifying session – the "Superpole 3" which brings together the eight best drivers – Jakub Smrz took his revenge on Carlos Checa: last year, the Spaniard had nabbed the pole position in the Czech Republic in his last loop on the same Miller Motorsports track !

A track that the Toro n ° 7 particularly likes since it obtained two doubles, including one last year. Statistical curiosity to keep in mind tomorrow, moreover: the last three world champions (Spies, Biaggi and Checa) have won the double in the United States….

Preceded by the Ducati n ° 96 of the Effenbert Liberty team and the n ° 7 of the Althea team, the Kawasaki n ° 66 will therefore only have eyes for the top step of the podium tomorrow! Especially since his driver Tom Sykes, very fit since the end of last season, only won a half dry victory in the WSBK…

Davide Giugliano closes the first row of the grid and could give his team-mate Checa a hard time, as he did in Assen last month! Although the first half of the 2012 season is coming to the fore, it is not in the habit of WSBK teams to give instructions to their drivers, and that’s good for the show. !

Jonathan Rea will post his Honda prepared by the Ten Kate team in the lead of the second row. The n ° 65 is thus ahead of the Ducati n ° 50 of Sylvain Guintoli, and the official Aprilia n ° 3 of Max Biaggi, two men who will ride tomorrow for the victory..

Dropped by his Aprilia at the opening of Superpole 3, Eugene Laverty inherited for his part 8th place on the starting grid without having had the opportunity to set a single time. The Irishman who wants to erase his poor performance from Donington will have to get off to a very good start…

Behind the n ° 58 is the first S1000RR, the very one that won BMW’s first race in WSBK: the n ° 33 of Marco Melandri! The Italian, currently fifth in the provisional standings, will have to pull out all the stops tomorrow to stay in contact with the current World Top 4 composed of Biaggi, Sykes, Rea and Checa !

Former Grand Prix star Melandri will be followed on the grid by his compatriot and former star of some WSBK races Michel Fabrizio (BMW Italia). Chaz Davies (Aprilia Parkingo MTC) and Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati Pata) will complete the 3rd row.

Victim of a puncture at the very start of the first Superpole session, Leon Haslam did not even manage to qualify in SP2 and will have to settle for a 13th place on the grid tomorrow afternoon ("tomorrow night" for us: start of the first round at 8 p.m.!).

The second official BMW rider is ahead of our second representative Maxime Berger on his Ducati 1198 prepared by the Effenbert Liberty team, Niccolo Canepa (Ducati Red Devils Roma) and John Hopkins (Fixi Suzuki Crescent).

The performance of the Anglo-American may seem weak, but it is not: "Hopper" is just recovering from his injuries to Monza (foot and hip), he must take painkillers to ride and had to discover the Miller‘s track in the wet … To top it off, a bad tire prevented him from turning properly in Superpole 2.

Our rookie Loris Baz was indeed the 16th best driver of the second qualifying round this afternoon at the controls of his ZX-10R. However, he did not have the honor of participating in the Superpole event, his time of 1 ‘50.500 remaining above the 16th time posted the day before in the first qualifying session’ by Davide Giugliano…

Joan Lascorz’s replacement in the official Kawasaki team will therefore start from 17th place on the grid for his second series of World Superbike races. The Top 15 is within his reach, the Top 10 will depend on the events during the race … As a reminder, he finished 8th in the second eventful round of Donington Park !

Behind the little Frenchman – small in age, but tall in size and talent! – Ayrton Badovini, Davide Salom and Leon Camier will settle. But we expected the latter much higher in the standings after his solid second race at Donington Park…

"Not happy!", The Suzuki rider n ° 2 signaled on his Twitter account after testing, "a defective tire ruined my weekend because I will start from 20th place. Pirelli is working on it" … " And I hope that will not happen again !! " he chirps in his next message … No luck for Suzuki, Hopkins had the same problem in SP2 !

Finally, on the 5th row will be grouped the last 250 cc GP world champion Hiroshi Aoyama, the young – true – rookie Leon Mercado, the replacement for James Holden and the guest driver on this American event Sean Turpin..

Miller WSBK 2012 Superpole Results 

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