Donington: Series qualifying report

Bayliss notches up sixth Superpole win of the year at Donington Park Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox powered to his sixth Superpole of the year in the Bennetts European Round at Donington Park in a wet 50-minute, 12-lap session. For the Australian...

Bayliss notches up sixth Superpole win of the year at Donington Park

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox powered to his sixth Superpole of the year in the Bennetts European Round at Donington Park in a wet 50-minute, 12-lap session. For the Australian rider, who as a result wins the Alfa Romeo Superpole Award, it was his third Superpole in a row and the 24th in his career. Bayliss looked particularly quick in the final part of the 4.02 km circuit, and is certainly one of the candidates for the wins in tomorrow's eleventh round of the championship.

The only rider capable of matching Bayliss's performance was Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB), but he crashed at the final hairpin on his quick lap right at the end and had to settle for eighth quickest time. Alongside Bayliss on the front row are the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda pairing of Brands Hatch winner Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa.

Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati) made a major improvement today to take the final front row grid slot, while wild-card James Ellison (Hydrex Bike Animal Honda) took the first place on row 2 ahead of Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati). The British wild-cards who had made all the running in the first two days were out of luck; Tom Sykes (Rizla Suzuki) crashed into the gravel, as did Cal Crutchlow (HM Plant Honda).

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) could only manage a place on the third row, while Max Neukirchner (Alstare Suzuki), who has failed to shine so far this weekend, is one row behind.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox): "It's been a difficult situation this weekend, wet right from the start but for sure tomorrow it's going to be dry and that will throw a spanner into the works as far as tyre choice goes! I'm very happy today, but these other guys were riding really hard, Kiyonari especially. I don't think anyone can match my poles this year so for sure it's nice to win an Alfa!"

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda): "Today was very difficult conditions but we tried many different settings and finally I found a good one. For wet conditions we are OK but I do not know if it is dry. For me however, either is OK for tomorrow."

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda): "It was quite a hard job because today at Donington was not the best conditions, but we've been working quite well during the weekend and have got good settings for tomorrow if it is wet. We are very satisfied with the front row and quite ready and comfortable about these conditions tomorrow."

FIM Supersport World Championship

Matthieu Lagrive (Intermoto Czech Honda) will start the tenth round of the Supersport championship from pole position for the second race in a row following on from Brands Hatch. Next to the Frenchman will be Britain's Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who will be looking for his third win in a row tomorrow, Barry Veneman (RES Software Suzuki) of the Netherlands and Australian Joshua Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsport Honda). The difficult weather conditions brought forward a number of riders not usually seen at the front of the grid, in particular Belgium's Didier Van Keymeulen (RES Software Suzuki), Finland's Vesa Kallio (Benjan Honda) and South African Hudson Kennaugh (Raceways Yamaha). Italian Danilo Dell'Omo (HP Racing Honda) was also well up in ninth slot, while two leading championship contenders, points leader Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) will start from row 4 and Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport) from row 5.

Superstock 1000 FIM Cup

Xavier Simeon (Alstare Suzuki) took the pole in the Superstock 1000 session at Donington, the Belgian rider the only one under the 1 minute 46 second mark. The front row is made up of Australian Chris Seaton (Celani Suzuki) and Jon Kirkham (Raceways Yamaha) ahead of Alex Polita (Sterilgarda Ducati). Joint championship leaders Brendan Roberts (Ducati Xerox Junior Team) and Maxime Berger (Hannspree IDS Ten Kate Honda) sandwich a couple of Italians, Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni) and Davide Giugliano (Cruciani Suzuki) in sixth and seventh on row 2.

European 600 Superstock

Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) proved to be quickest in qualifying for the European 600 Superstock race with his first pole position of the year. The Italian set his time right at the end of the session, denying Alex Lowes (O Six Kawasaki) of the honour of starting from pole in front of his home crowd. Also on the front row were Davide Fanelli (Triumph BE1) in third and Dan Linfoot (StoneBaker Yamaha) in fourth. Title chasers Loris Baz (YZF Yamaha Junior Team) and Patrick Vostarek (Intermoto Czech Honda) both had a difficult day, the French rider crashing on his second out lap and missing the rest of the session to line up on row 5, while his Czech rival could only manage twelfth quickest time.

Alfa Romeo Superpole Award

With his sixth Superpole success at Donington, Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) is this year's winner of the ALFA 159 SUPERPOLE AWARD. The prize, an Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 Sportwagon Ti, is awarded to the rider who picks up the most Superpoles during the 2008 season.

On TV

Eurosport (Europe): Sunday 7 September, 1300 SBK Race 1 (live), 1400 SSP Race (live), 1915 SBK Race 2 (delayed).

British Eurosport (UK): Sunday 7 September, 1300 SBK Race 1 (live), 1400 SSP Race (live), 1915 SBK Race 2 (delayed).

-credit: worldsbk.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Andrew Pitt , Noriyuki Haga , Broc Parkes , Ruben Xaus , Didier Van Keymeulen , Jon Kirkham , James Ellison , Tom Sykes , Barry Veneman , Max Neukirchner , Jonathan Rea , Xavier Simeon , Ryuichi Kiyonari , Vesa Kallio , Davide Giugliano , Josh Brookes , Maxime Berger , Cal Crutchlow , Danilo Dell'Omo , Brendan Roberts , Michele Pirro , Loris Baz , Alex Lowes , Dan Linfoot