WSBK – WSBK Russia: first Superpole for Giugliano! –

WSBK Russia: first Superpole for Giugliano !

WSBK - WSBK Russia: first Superpole for Giugliano! -

The 2011 Superstock champion, Davide Giugliano, took advantage of the fall of Tom Sykes to sign his first Superpole, this afternoon in Moscow. The Italian rider and his Aprilia n ° 34 beat three British: Davies, Laverty and Rea.

Today, Tom Sykes was to seize in Russia a seventh pole position in a row and thus equal the record …

The 2011 Superstock champion, Davide Giugliano, took advantage of the fall of Tom Sykes to sign his first Superpole, this afternoon in Moscow. The Italian rider and his Aprilia n ° 34 beat three British: Davies, Laverty and Rea.

Today, Tom Sykes was to seize a seventh straight pole position in Russia and thus equal the record of his former Yamaha teammate in 2009, Ben Spies Himself. But the English Ninja let his luck slip by letting his front wheel slip away in a quick grand right during the final phase of the Superpole (SP3)…

The leader of the World Superbike championship, author of the best time of the weekend (1 ‘34.546 in SP2), will therefore start from a distant 9th place on the grid and will have to spit in the gloves to reach the podium. This should spice up the two Superbike races !

A suspicion slower than Sykes but credited with the best time in SP3 (1 ‘34.676), Davide Giugliano is quite delighted to take his first pole position in the Superbike category. The only member of the Aprilia Althea team will tomorrow have the opportunity to continue climbing the general classification: he is currently ninth, 21 points behind his enemy brother Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia Red Devils Roma)…

Chaz Davies (BMW Italia) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) could not do anything against a Giugliano very comfortable on the Russian track: the n ° 34 had collected the second places in free and qualifying practice ‘. The Welshman n ° 19 and the Irishman n ° 58 will accompany the Italian on the first row and will therefore try to muzzle him in the race.

The Northern Irishman, Jonathan Rea, commands the second row and will hoist his Honda n ° 65 in front of two machines with the race numbers well known to fans of motorcycle speed: the BMW n ° 33 of Marco Melandri and the Ducati n ° 7 of Carlos Checa. The Spanish, in particular, does not demerit…

Victim of a fall at very high speed in the middle of a straight line this morning in qualifying ‘- the rear wheel of his Panigale suddenly blocked! -, the 2011 champion made a short stop at the Clinica Mobile to check his state of health. Just recovering from his shoulder injury, El Torro showed unwavering determination and secured a respectable 6th place.

Likewise, if at first glance Sylvain Guintoli’s 8th place seems disappointing, it has something to make the Frenchie rather proud of him. Indeed, our favorite n ° 50 fell last Sunday on his bike and got up badly damaged: acromioclavicular dislocation of stage 3 – out of 4! – implying de facto a rupture of ligaments…

“I managed to drive the RSV4 but it’s devilishly painful!” “Guinters50” testified last night on Twitter. But it was enough to meet Sylvain’s gaze behind his visor to understand that the Superpole event was also extremely trying..

Our compatriot will therefore perform a new rain dance this evening – the Russian sky being already very threatening, it would only take a simple flap of a butterfly’s wing in New York for the rain to fall in Moscow … – so that ‘she makes it easier for him tomorrow.

Sylvain Guintoli will start just behind our compatriot Jules Cluzel – who qualified brilliantly in front of his illustrious teammate Leon Camier on the handlebars of his Suzuki -, and just ahead of Tom Sykes, whom he will try to stop for as long as possible in the race. !

Loris Baz on the other hand is extremely disappointed not to have taken part in SP3, after having passed extremely narrowly in SP2, 22 thousandths of a second ahead of Leon Haslam: "Bazooka" and his Ninja will only start from 12th place tomorrow, behind Max Neukirchner (Ducati MR-Racing) and Leon Camier (Suzuki Fixi Crescent).

Leon Haslam, still diminished by his heavy injury to his left leg, was unable to pass the course of SP1 and took 13th place on the grid. The English rider will position his Fireblade n ° 91 in front of Ducati n ° 86 by Ayrton Badovini and Aprilia n ° 84 by Michel Fabrizio, who fell in the middle of the SP1 session…

Finally, Federico Sandi, Vittorio Iannuzzo and Superstock driver Lorenzo Savadori (replacing Alex Lundh) will settle on the sixth and last row of the Russian grid tomorrow. The two Superbike races – and the Supersport one! – will be followed almost directly on the Site. First departure at 10 a.m. (French time): stay tuned.

WSBK 2013 Moscow Superpole

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