2012 Monza Superbike: Guintoli on Pole

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2012 World Superbike Superpole

Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) made the best of the continuing difficult and changeable track conditions at Monza to record his first ever Tissot-Superpole win.

A wet Superpole was called which meant that there would be only two sessions, each of 20 minutes duration, with the slowest eight riders eliminated after the first session.

As soon as the session started bright sunshine started to dry the wet track surface, particularly on the main straight, but further small showers were evident around the track before the finish.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was unable to quite reach the level of Guintoli, as he failed to win the pole prize for the first time this year. But the Brit qualified second for Sunday’s double-header at Monza.

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was third, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) fourth. The second row of the grid for Sunday’s races will be headed by Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) with Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing), Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) alongside him.

2012 Monza World Superbike Superpole Results:
1. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1198R 1’54.276
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’54.990
3. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1’55.971
4. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1198R 1’56.793
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1’57.630
6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’58.666
7. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1’59.718
8. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1198R 2’00.645
9. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’59.489
10. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’59.680
11. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1’59.681
12. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’59.845
13. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1’59.978
14. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 2’00.093
15. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2’00.602
16. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’01.772
17. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1198R 1’44.203
18. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1198R 1’44.321
19. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1198R 1’44.489
20. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1’44.686
21. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’45.156
22. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1’45.841
23. Sergio Gadea (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’48.085

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