Giugliano wins first WSBK Tissot-Superpole held at night

Saturday, 1 November 2014 18:47 GMT

The stage is set for the final battle to decide the WSBK champion

The first ever floodlit Tissot-Superpole has been won by Ducati’s Davide Giugliano, who will line up for tomorrow’s two 17 lap encounters alongside Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who will join him on the front row.

Superpole 1 saw Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and EVO leader David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) progress, joining the already automatically seeded riders after the combined FP1, FP2 and FP3 sessions yesterday. The pair were separated by 0.086s at the end of an exciting 15 minute session.

Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) suffered a huge highside in the final moments of the first Superpole session bringing out the red flag. The Frenchman was taken to the medical centre for precautionary checks and if declared fit will start from 13th on the grid tomorrow.

The second row for the season’s final races will see Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).
Best classified EVO rider David Salom will start from the fourth row in 12th position.

Wildcard rider Alex Cudlin (Pedercini Kawasaki) will make his WSBK debut starting from 16th on the grid whilst Geoff May, who put the Team Hero EBR machine into Superpole for the very first time will start 19th.

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) both crashed unhurt and will start from 7th and 11th respectively.