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Guintoli takes Superpole 1 in Sepang

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Guintoli takes Superpole 1 in Sepang
Jun 7, 2014, 12:05 PM

At the end of a hot and humid 15 minutes on track Sylvain Guintoli secured his second Superpole of the year.

Sepang (Malaysia), Saturday 7 June 2014 - With high track and air temperatures the first ever Tissot-Superpole at the Sepang International Circuit has been won by Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who will start from pole position for the fourth time in his WSBK career.

At the end of a hot and humid 15 minutes on track Guintoli secured his second Superpole of the year, winning the grid deciding battle by a margin of 0.106s courtesy of a 2’03.002s lap time set in the closing stages. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) complete the front row.

The trophies for today’s Tissot-Superpole were presented to the top 3 riders by 5 time 500cc World Champion and motorcycle racing icon Mick Doohan.

With high track and air temperatures the first ever Tissot-Superpole at the Sepang International Circuit has been won by Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team).

Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) were the first 2 classified riders in Superpole 1, progressing to the final shootout with the already seeded top ten from the combined free practice sessions. Ayrton Badovini (Team Bimota Alstare) had been on course for one of the coveted top two places before the Italian fell, thankfully without injury.

At the end of a hot and humid 15 minutes on track it was Sylvain Guintoli who secured his second Tissot-Superpole of the year, winning the grid deciding battle by a margin of 0.106s.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) complete the front row with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and an unlucky Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), who crashed whilst on a potential Pole Position lap making up row two in both of tomorrow’s 16 lap encounters.

The trophies for today’s Tissot-Superpole were presented to the top 3 riders by 5 time 500cc World Champion and motorcycle racing icon Mick Doohan.

In the EVO category, the accolade of being the first classified competitor went to David Salom who qualified 12th overall on his Kawasaki.

Sylvain Guintoli: “The weekend has been perfect so far but tomorrow’s results are the ones that really count. I trained well and I was ready for the extreme heat. I have to say that I feel better on the bike with race tyres. I’m happy, the RSV4 is working really well here and we can take the best out of it. I’m really enjoying riding the bike and I’m looking forward to tomorrow, even though there’ll be two difficult races.”

Tom Sykes: “We have been quite consistent all weekend and on race tyres we are there or thereabouts. I feel we have learned something in the Superpole laps so we will hopefully put that to good use tomorrow. We were not too far away from our competitors and the times have been close, but we will try to work even more to improve the race set-up. I am hoping that we can be in quite a good position tomorrow for race distance and we just need to improve the general feel to utilise the bike a bit better in some corners.”

Times: 1. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2'03.002 average 162.378 kph; 2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2'03.108; 3. Giugliano (Ducati) 2'03.137; 4. Elias (Aprilia) 2'03.160; 5. Melandri (Aprilia) 2'03.971; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 2'04.027; 7. Laverty (Suzuki) 2'04.263; 8. Davies (Ducati) 2'04.343; 9. Lowes (Suzuki) 2'04.433; 10. Rea (Honda) 2'04.514; 11. Haslam (Honda) 2'05.202; 12. Salom (Kawasaki) 2'06.388; 13. Canepa (Ducati); 14. Corti (MV Agusta); 15. Iddon (Bimota); 16. Camier (BMW); 17. Morais (Kawasaki); 18. Badovini (Bimota); 19. Foret (Kawasaki); 20. Guarnoni (Kawasaki).

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