Davies claims career-first Superpole at Laguna
First one-two for Ducati on the grid since the 2012 US Round, maiden top 3 qualifying for Torres
The ninth Pole Position of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season has gone to Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) after two enthralling 15 minute Tissot-Superpole sessions. His lap time of 1.22.101s, the fastest of the weekend kept him 0.196s ahead of the rest of the field, the British rider notching up his maiden WorldSBK pole start and his first since 2011 when he raced in World Supersport.
No KRT riders on the front row
Joining Davies on the front row for tomorrow’s 25-lap races - the GEICO US Round of the series - will be his team mate Davide Giugliano and Jordi Torres, who secured his first WorldSBK front row start on the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils entry.
Row two will see Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) line up alongside team mate and championship leader Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils). Tomorrow will be the first WorldSBK race day since Donington 2014 with no KRT riders on the front row.
Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) will line up on row three.
With the California sunshine blazing, Superpole 1 saw Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) progress to join the already seeded riders, the pair posting their best laps of the weekend before eventually qualifying 12th and 10th on the grid respectively. David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) placed himself in between the two in eleventh, while positions 13th to 15th on the grid will see Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).
1 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team 1'22.101
2 - Davide Giugliano Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team +0.196
3 - Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +0.313
Davies ends opening day at Laguna Seca in charge
Chaz Davies leaves nothing to chance and wins Race 1 at Laguna