Davies on Pole for Race 1

Saturday, 17 September 2016 09:33 GMT

Third career pole for Davies

Tissot-Superpole 2 saw Racing – Ducati rider Chaz Davies clinch pole position for the third time in his career at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes secured second place ahead of Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden who locked out the front row of the grid in third in the last seconds of the session.

Chaz Davies ran off the track midway through the session but that didn’t stop him from coming back strong to steal pole position. Sunshine began to break through the clouds before the start of the session, drying out the racing line on from the morning session.  The mixed conditions shook up the order to see three different manufacturers finish the session on the front row.

IodaRacing Team’s Lorenzo Savadori put in a strong performance throughout the session and looked to have secured a front row grid position, before he was knocked out the top three by the Kentucky Kid to finish in fourth. Althea BMW Racing Team’s Jordi Torres comfortably locked out fifth.

Tissot-Superpole 1 saw Racing – Ducati’s Davide Giugliano put in a stunning lap that saw him top the timesheets on the final lap of the session to ensure his entry to Superpole 2 and finally finish in eighth. KRT rider Jonathan Rea was the second rider through to Superpole 2 with a fighting chance at redemption after a tough day at the office on Friday. In Superpole 2 Rea secured a sixth grid position.

MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Leon Camier finished the session in seventh to secure a third row start with Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Sylvain Guintoli finish in ninth. Michael van der Mark closed out tenth with home hero Markus Reiterberger (Althea BMW Racing Team) coming home in 11th.

Alex Lowes had a run of bad luck not being able to take part in Tissot-Superpole 2 as a result of his crash in the morning’s Free Practice. He had to sit on the sidelines and watch his compatriots fight for the pole, while his team worked furiously to prepare his bike before Race 1. Lowes will start 12th on the grid.

Race 1 will get underway at 13:00 local time (GMT+2) for the first race back from the summer break at the Lausitzring.