NURBURG, Germany — Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) stormed to first place in the closing stages of World Superbike Qualifying 1 at the Nurburgring, to finish on top in qualifying for the first time in 2013.
The Welshman put in a 1:55.034s lap-time just before the chequered flag to snatch first place from long-time leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) for only 0.017 seconds.
This was not the only change in position of the final part of the session, as many riders managed to better their lap-times at the last minute to climb up the timesheets: Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) dropped more than seven tenths of a second from his previous best lap time and finished third ahead of competitive Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), to complete a top five of riders all on different machines.
Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) finished sixth, ahead of fellow Frenchman Loris Baz. Silverstone race two winner spend most part of the session in second place, but didn’t manage to further improve in the final minutes. As the first ten riders were all within 0.671 seconds of each other, Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike), Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who ended up between 8th and 10th place, are way closer to the top than the positions suggest.
Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Team Aprilia) on the other hand, after his crash at turn four, lost valuable time and — given the tight times at the top – he finished well down the order in 12th place. His former teammate Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) didn’t manage to put in a single fast lap today, as he lost control of his 1199 Panigale R at turn eight early on in the session.