Giugliano sails to WSBK pole at Donington

Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:45 GMT

Wet track adds to Superpole excitement.

The Tissot-Superpole sessions ahead of tomorrow’s fifth round races for the 2014 eni FIM World Superbike Championship were held in cold and wet conditions at Donington Park near Derby.

After yesterday’s dry sessions the FP4 session this morning proved to be all important ahead of the two grid deciding sessions this afternoon.

Making it through from Superpole 1, Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Ayrton Badovini (Team Bimota Alstare) joined the already seeded riders after the combined Free Practices. Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) both crashed out unhurt at the fast Starkeys section of the track before posting a time. The pair were joined by an unlucky Badovini who also fell spectacularly at the end of the session on the fast uphill left hander. Niccolo Canepa had a slow speed crash at the Melbourne Hairpin while Fabien Foret (Mahi Team India Kawasaki) elected not to ride in the session.

Superpole 2 was held in similarly tricky conditions and after an enthralling 15 minutes it was Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) who emerged as the Pole Position man. Joining Giugliano on the front row in both races tomorrow will be Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team).

Row two comprises Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team).

In the session Guintoli Rea and Giugliano all crashed and remounted after posting their fastest times.