2011 World Superbike
For the first time in the 2011 World Superbike Championship, the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will be on the pole with Tom Sykes at the controls.
Sykes took the position on a slowly drying Misano circuit, the track conditions similar to when Sykes last took a pole at Imola in the 2010 WSBK Championship. He took the pole by 0.176 of a second from current World Superbike leader Carlos Checa on the Althea Ducati.
Joining Sykes and Checa on the front row will be Effenbert Liberty Ducati’s Jakub Smrz and Yamaha World Superbike’s Marco Melandri.
Heading up the second row is BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam, who crashed during Superpole but was unharmed. His teammate, Troy Corser, will start from sixth. Corser took a heavy spill during Friday’s session, landing hard on his hip. He was initially questionable, but later cleared to race this weekend.
Taking the final two spots on the second row are the reigning WSBK Champion Max Biaggi on the Aprilia RSV4, and ther other Effenbert Liberty Ducati riders Sylvain Guintoli.
The WSBK riders will be on Misano tomorrow (Sunday) for Race 1 and 2. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for results, and also check Facebook for the latest in reports across the motorcycle industry.
2011 Misano World Superbike Superpole/Qualifying Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R) 1’55.197
2. Checa Checa (Ducati 1198R) 1’55.373
3. Jakub Smrz (Ducati 1198R) 1’55.745
4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha YZF0-R1) 1’55.768
5. Leon Haslam (BMW S1000RR) 1’56.034
6. Troy Corser (BMW S1000RR) 1’56.285
7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia RSV4) 1’56.480
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati 1198R) 1’57.054
9. Aytron Badovini (BMW S1000RR) 1’57.374
10. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha YZF-R1) 1’57.454