Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team ‰ÛÒ Red Devils) will start today's opening race of the 3rd round of the Eni FIM Superbike World Championship from Pole Position.
A lap time of 1.49.664s, the fastest of the weekend so far and the fastest ever for a superbike on the new MotorLand Aragon configuration, left the Englishman 0.033s ahead of his nearest rivals Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Ducati World Superbike Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who will join him on the front row (+0.199s). For Haslam it‰Ûªs his first Pole Position since Phillip Island in 2010 and the 2nd of his career.
Yesterday's 15 minute battle to decide the top 12 places on the starting grid for tomorrow‰Ûªs races was electric with the final grid line-up only decided in the final minute of Superpole 2, as the outright circuit best lap was bettered
Row two will see championship leader Jonathan Rea aboard his Kawasaki (+0.389), Xavi Fores (+0.785) who continues his impressive debut weekend on the second of the Aruba.it Ducati Superbike Team) and Ayrton Badovini (+1.006s).
The third row was decided in the final seconds of the session, with Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team ‰ÛÒ Red Devils) taking 7th. He will start alongside Alex Lowes and Nico Terol (Althea Racing).
Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and David Salom (Team Pedercini) complete the top 12 in a grid that sees 5 manufacturers inside a top ten .
Earlier, Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) were the two riders to progress from Superpole 1 into the final 15 minute shoot-out, as reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) missed out on one of the top two places available, the pair qualifying 14th and 19th respectively.
1 Leon Haslam 1'49.664 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
2 Chaz Davies 1'49.697 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3 Tom Sykes 1'49.863 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4 Jonathan Rea 1'50.053 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
5 Xavi Fores 1'50.449 DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
6 Ayrton Badovini 1'50.670 ITA BMW JR Racing Team
7 Jordi Torres 1'50.735 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
9 Alex Lowes 1'51.146 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
10 Leandro Mercado 1'51.243 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
11 Michael van der Mark 1'51.510 NED HONDA Pata Honda
12 David Salom 1'52.016 ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
13 Matteo Baiocco 1'51.404 DUCATI Althea Racing
14 Sylvain Guintoli 1'51.481 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
15 Leon Camier 1'52.526 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
16 Niccolo Canepa 1'52.970 ITA EBR Team Hero EBR
17 Christophe Ponsson 1'53.065 KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
18 Roman Ramos 1'53.138 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
19 Randy de Puniet 1'53.477 FRA SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
20 Santiago Barragan 1'53.830 KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
21 Javier Alviz 1'55.223 KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
22 Larry Pegram 1'55.858 EBR Team Hero EBR
23 Imre Toth 1'56.948 HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
24 Gabor Rizmayer 1'57.141 HUN BMW BMW Team Toth