WSBK Monza: pole shot for Sylvain Guintoli !
In the dry at Monza, the Ducatis are not worth much … On the other hand, in the wet, the Italians can keep up with the 4-cylinder. The proof this Saturday afternoon, Sylvain Guintoli signed his first pole on his 1198 !
In the dry in Monza, Ducatis are not worth much…
Like two weeks ago in Assen, the Superpole has been declared "wet". Sylvain Guintoli, who was only 15th at the end of a first day dominated by BMW, Aprilia and Kawasaki – from Sykes – on a dry track, could not hope for better conditions !
Going from soggy this morning to almost dry this afternoon, then receiving a few drops again during the Superpole, the Italian track did not spare the nerves of the drivers and their teams. In these difficult conditions, our n ° 50 stood out again: 13 days after his first victory (read), Syl ‘won his first pole in WSBK !
New speed record !
Tom Sykes and his ZX-10R exploded the record of Max Biaggi and his RSV4 this afternoon on the Monza track. It is precisely by taking the aspiration of the Roman Emperor Himself that the No. 66 of the Greens was timed at the maddening speed of 339.5 km / h! The feat can be enjoyed in the WSBK Championship.
The rider and his Ducati waited for their final revolution to set the fastest time of the second Superpole session: 1 ‘54.276. A few seconds later, Tom Sykes hit the finish line (high speed "V", read the box opposite) with the second fastest time … but 7 tenths behind Guintoli.
The English Ninja still has plenty to be satisfied: whether in the rain or the sun, he has the pace of the best! Also, unlike Sylvain who will have to pray to Jupiter – God of rain among the Romans – all night long, Tom will sleep peacefully..
This will also be the case for Marco Melandri who will start from 3rd place on the grid tomorrow Sunday. The Italian may have turned a second slower than the Englishman during Superpole 2, he knows the potential of his BMW n ° 33: four S1000RRs were in the Top 5 on Friday evening !
Despite a stopwatch 2.5 seconds from Guintoli’s pole, Carlos Checa managed to hoist his 1198 to an unexpected first row. However, tomorrow will be a long day for the reigning world champion: in the event of good weather, he will have to limit the breakage against the 4-cylinder, while in the event of rain, he will have to avoid falling at all costs to stay in contact with the provisional classification.
It’s not just the Kawa ‘, the BMW or the Aprilia to rush in the straights: the Honda n ° 65 was credited Friday morning and afternoon with a top speed of 334 km / h! Jonathan Rea, on the other hand, lacked pace over the whole of a lap since he only had 11th best time in the cumulative test sessions..
However, we can count on the Northern Irish driver to set the mood during the race, especially since he will start at the head of the second row. He leads there Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing), Jakub Smrz (Ducati Liberty) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Althea).
Eliminated in Superpole 1, John Hopkins (Suzuki Crescent) is ahead of two drivers who will have to be watched closely regardless of the track conditions tomorrow: Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) and Michel Fabrizio (BMW Italia)! "Crazy superpole with rain tires falling apart," chirped the Irishman as he stepped out of his RSV4.
The images on some motorcycles were indeed impressive, if not frightening. At Pirelli, unlike Ducati, we have to keep our fingers crossed to avoid having to take out the rain gums….
Leon Camier completes the third row on the handlebars of his GSX-R1000 whose engine prepared by Yoshimura still lacks a bit of extension compared to the competition. Indeed, the Suzuki n ° 2 of the Crescent team is mounted "only" at 320 km / h (319 for the n ° 21 of Hopkins). It is 1 km / h less than Lorenzo Zanetti, the fastest rider on a Ducati these two days of testing.
Ayrton Badovini and Leon Haslam (13th and 14th on the grid) will have no trouble getting back into the peloton at the controls of their BMW rocket if the rain spares Monza tomorrow. David Salom (Kawasaki Pedercini) and Chaz Davies (Aprilia Parkingo) respectively 15th and 16th, will then try to take the wheel..
Finally, let us note that our second French representative, Maxime Berger, was unable to participate in the Superpole event: he was 19th at the end of qualifying practice and will start from this same position for the two rounds of tomorrow, to follow almost live on Site !
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