Smrz Puts Ducati On Superbike Pole

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Jakub Smrz claimed the pole for Monday's World Superbike race at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park.
Jakub Smrz claimed the pole for Monday's World Superbike race at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park.

TOOELE, Utah — Jakub Smrz rode his Liberty Racing Ducati to his first Tissot Superpole of the season during FIM World Championship Superbike qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park.

Smrz turned a lap time of one minute 47.626 seconds in the last of three sessions. Despite a few spots of rain appearing on the riders’ visors during a dry Superpole contest Smrz rode with full pace right at the end to earn the perfect starting place for Monday’s two feature events.

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) was second quickest and would have been on pole but for the late push put in by Smrz.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) posted third best time, with the front row places competed by Checa’s teammate Davide Giugliano.

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was fifth.