Baz Blisters Jerez Superbike Qualifications

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Loris Baz (center) will start from the pole for Sunday's pair of World Superbike races at Circuito de Jerez. (World Superbike Photo)
Loris Baz (center) will start from the pole for Sunday's pair of World Superbike races at Circuito de Jerez. (World Superbike Photo)
Loris Baz (center) will start from the pole for Sunday’s pair of World Superbike races at Circuito de Jerez. (World Superbike Photo)

JEREZ, Spain – Loris Baz claimed the pole for Sunday’s World Superbike event at Circuito de Jerez Saturday afternoon, setting a track record in the process.

Superpole 1 was as equally exciting with Sylvain Barrier posting an incredible lap of 1.41.768, a time that would have put him third overall on the pre-Superpole classification. Leon Haslam also made it through to Superpole 2 with his fastest lap of the weekend where they joined the automatically seeded top 10 riders after free practice.

Baz topped the charts in Superpole 2 with his impressive 1:40.298 pass. Davide Giugliano and Tom Sykes will join Baz on the front row for the two 20 lap races tomorrow while row two will see the Aprilia Racing duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli as well as Eugene Laverty.

The accolade of being the fastest of the EVO qualifiers went to Sylvain Barrier, who will start tomorrow’s races from 12th on the grid despite falling at turn six with two minutes to go.

Alex Lowes crashed his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki at turn two in the final 30 seconds and will start ninth.