2014 Jerez Superpole Results
For the second time this season, Loris Baz won Superpole, qualifying his Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Ninja on the pole.
Baz took the pole with a new best lap time of 1:40.298 around the Spanish circuit, beating 0.322 of a second.
Joining Baz on the front row for both 20-lap races will be Ducati Superbike Team’s Davide Giugliano and the reigning WSBK Champion and current points leader, Tom Sykes.
Following the long summer break, Baz made an almost perfect lap in his desire to start from the front row of the grid, only losing a fraction in the early stages of his fastest lap as he found the true limits of grip on his rear qualifying tire.
Sykes was also under the previous lap record, but couldn’t keep the pace up with his teammate. Sykes, who won eight races so far this season, finished 0.263 of a second back. The three Superpole winners were given their awards by 2011 World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa.
Loris Baz says: “We changed something on the bike set-up for Superpole and it worked out well. I could have pushed a little bit more in the first split because I did not know how the full grip of the tyre would be. I think I did the second part of the track really fast so it was a really good lap.
“My second pole this year but it is the first in fully dry conditions and I am really happy about that. This morning I was struggling a little with finding the best grip but it was the same for everyone. When the conditions are hot here it can be a little strange. Allowing for this I think we have been strong from the beginning of the weekend, especially on fresh tires. I am happy and confident for the races now.”
Davide Giugliano says “I’m really pleased to be back on the front row as we haven’t been here for a while. This weekend has been tough so far because these conditions make things a bit difficult for us but this result means that the entire team has done a great job and that we are continuing to make good progress.
“(Sunday’s) races will be hard work I expect, due to the hot conditions. I’ll be doing everything I can to keep the tyres in the best possible condition and obtain the best possible results. I thank my whole team for their hard work so far – it’s a great result.”
Tom Sykes says: “I am happy enough because for me the target was the front row, to make sure we would get a good start tomorrow. We have tried a lot of things this weekend and now we have left ourselves in a good position for raceday.
“We know Jerez is a circuit where we have to work a lot compared to some other circuits but the times are very close. When you look at practice times many riders put in a soft tyre near the end of a session, so you can drop down the order because of that. In reality I think there are two or three riders who will be very strong on raceday. We will see how the two long races go and I am happy to be sitting where I am on the front row.”
Qualifying on the second row were the Aprilia Racing duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli, and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty.
Laverty’s teammate crashed at turn two in the final seconds of Superpole, but qualified ninth behind Ducati Superbike Team’s Chaz Davies (seventh) and Pata Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea (eighth).
The accolade of being the fastest of the EVO qualifiers went to Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) who will start Sunday’s races from 12th on the grid despite falling at turn six with two minutes to go.
Superpole 1 was as equally exciting with Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) posting an incredible lap of 1.41.768s, a time that would have put him 3rd overall on the pre-Superpole classification.
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) also made it through to Superpole 2 with his fastest lap of the weekend where they joined the automatically seeded top 10 riders after free practice.