WSBK – Change of leader in World Superbike! – The pole for Haga

Change of leader in World Superbike !

WSBK - Change of leader in World Superbike! - The pole for Haga

The 2009 World Superbike season keeps all its promises: rookies take control in the race as well as in the championship while veterans take new bikes to the forefront. And the Supersport is not left out ! Reports.

The pole for Haga

Author of nine poles – out of ten! – since the start of the season, the rookie Ben Spies stumbles on the Nurburgring circuit and qualifies in 5th position. While the American signs his worst performance of the year, Noriyuki Haga him, achieves his best…

By completing the German circuit in 1 ‘55.489, the Japanese moved to the front of the first row and took a slight advantage over his n ° 19 enemy in the championship: only 7 small points separate Ben from Nori. The end of the season promises to be hot !

In addition to the fight for the 2009 title, we will also watch closely the one between two very promising young British drivers: Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, who post their Honda in the first row between the two official Ducatis and should animate the races of the Nurburgring..

Michel Fabrizio therefore, in his factory Ducati n ° 84, outclasses Ben Spies by a few thousandths and climbs to 4th position. Third in the provisional classification, the Italian is only around fifty points from the leading men: with two races per weekend, the World Superbike offers many points, Fabrizio will therefore not let go. !

Troy Corser pleases German fans by placing his BMW S 1000 RR in 6th position. Behind are Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 and Carlos Checa’s CBR 1000 RR. The three "old men" thus prove that they have not lost any of their speed. They could well give a hard time to the new generation posted just in front of them on the grid.

Tom Sykes on his official R1 leads the 3rd row ahead of Shayne Byrne and his Ducati prepared by the private Team Sterilgarda. Fonsi Nieto, replacing our Regis Laconi, places his 1098 in 11th position ahead of the first Kawasaki (from Tamada) and the first Suzuki (from Kagayama).

Matthieu Lagrive on his Honda Althea will start from 16th place after having participated, for the first time in his young career in World SBK, in the Superpole event. David Checa was not so lucky and will start his two races from 24th place riding the third R1 on the grid, prepared by the French team GMT 94.

Supersport side, Cal Crutchlow continues to crush the competition: the English signs on his official R6 his 8th pole of the season – his first season in the World, like Ben Spies! – and relegates his closest pursuer to 1.3 seconds! This is Kenan Sofuoglu, who will have a lot to do with the CBR Ten Kate to try to steal the victory from the English.

Eugene Laverty, who has Cal behind 17 points, will start from 3rd place in his Honda Parkalgar, just ahead of Garry McCoy and his increasingly sharp Triumph Daytona 675. In 2nd row, the young Michel Pirro is again talking about him by dominating sizes such as Fujiwara, Lascorz and Nannelli.

In third place, there are also big names: Roccoli is ahead of the reigning world champion Andrew Pitt and Fabien Foret. Winner of the last race in Brno, our n ° 99 driver will have a hard time repeating his brilliant result: he is more than 2.6 seconds behind his teammate Crutchlow’s stopwatch….

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