WSBK: Haslam on Pole as Action Begins Down Under


What Happens When the Two-Wheel Season Truly Begins

1:08am EST — In a set of qualifying sessions that had experienced riders all over the timesheets, Leon Haslam set the fastest time, 1:31.229, to start on pole for the season opening World Superbike race at Philip Island.  According to the official WSBK website, “close final competition sorted out the leading riders.”  Reigning champion Ben Spies is off to MotoGP, but runner-up Noriyuki Haga has remained, with his teammate Michel Fabrizio out-qualifying him for this first race, starting second as compared to Haga’s tenth.  The following qualifying times are courtesy of the official WSBK website:

1  91 Haslam L., Suzuki, 1:31.229
2  84 Fabrizio M., Ducati, 1:31.245
3  35 Crutchlow C., Yamaha, 1:31.642
4   7 Checa C., Ducati, 1:31.671
5  50 Guintoli S., Suzuki, 1:31.696
6  96 Smrz J., Ducati, 1:31.757
7  65 Rea J., Honda, 1:31.912
8  52 Toseland J., Yamaha, 1:32.019
9  57 Lanzi L., Ducati, 1:32.205
10  41 Haga N., Ducati, 1:32.229
11   3 Biaggi M., Aprilia, 1:32.293
12  66 Sykes T., Kawasaki, 1:32.398
13  11 Corser T., BMW, 1:32.430
14  77 Vermeulen C., Kawasaki, 1:32.561
15 111 Xaus R., BMW, 1:32.842
16   2 Camier L., Aprilia, 1:32.895
17  76 Neukirchner M., Honda, 1:32.782
18  67 Byrne S., Ducati, 1:32.823
19  88 Pitt A., BMW, 1:33.207
20 123 Resch R., BMW, 1:33.390
21  25 Brookes J., Honda, 1:33.901
22  31 Iannuzzo V., Honda, 1:34.248
23  15 Baiocco M., Kawasaki, 1:35.297
24  95 Hayden R., Kawasaki, 1:35.614

While the time difference makes for some awkward calculations, and American SPEEDtv coverage will not show the races until 3pm Sunday afternoon, the first and second race will begin at 9pm Saturday and 12:30am Saturday night/Sunday morning for those residing in the US Eastern time zone.

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