WSBK – Spies draws and holds up in World Superbike! – The pole for Spies

Spies draws and holds up in World Superbike !

WSBK - Spies draws and holds up in World Superbike! - The pole for Spies

On Saturday in the Qatari desert, the Texan Ben Spies imposed his law: Superpole, fastest lap in the race and doubled! Haga and Biaggi tried to retaliate, but the American was too strong … In Supersport, Laverty won his first race. Story.

Pole for Spies

Apart from the very first practice session – which he finished in 2nd place behind his teammate Tom Sykes – Ben Spies monopolized the first place on the timesheets…

Friday afternoon during the Superpole, the American persists and signs at the controls of his official R1: Ben "Elbowz" – in reference to his "elbows" which touch in the turns! – Spies completed the Losail circuit in 1’59.052 and obtained, for his second participation only, his second pole position in the World Superbike !

Behind him, Jakub Smrz once again proves his speed on the handlebars of his private 1098 prepared by the Guandalini team: we only hope that the Czech will be able to maintain this pace in the race! Haga and Biaggi complete this first row and we can count on them to spice up the race…

Tom Sykes, on the second official Yamaha, dominates the second row. He is followed by the two MotoGP stars, Shinya Nakano on the second Aprilia and Carlos Checa on the first Honda, as well as by his ex-colleague of the British Superbike Shane Byrne on a third Ducati..

Regis Laconi, very impressive in Australia, climbs to a satisfactory 11th place on the starting grid behind Rolfo and Fabrizio. The first Kawasaki – that of Broc Parkes – is 13th, just ahead of the first Suzuki – that of Kagayama – and the two BMWs of Xaus and Corser.

In the Supersport category, it is also a Yamaha that shines as Cal Crutchlow blows pole to Eugene Laverty and his Honda Parkalgar for … 43 thousandths! Next on the front row are the inevitable Honda Ten Kate of Kenan Sofuoglu – who was at fault at the end of qualifying ‘- and Andrew Pitt.

On the second row, we find our two representatives Matthieu Lagrive (Honda Althea) and Fabien Foret (Yam ‘World Supersport), followed by the hot Italian Gianluca Nannelli on his Daytona 675 and Robbin Harms on his CBR600RR.

Finally, we note that Katsuaki Fujiwara places the first ZX-6R in 13th place, just behind Anthony West‘s CBR from which we expected a better performance … As for the first Suzuki, it is relegated to 18th position, but Barry Veneman should do better on slower circuits in Europe…

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