MOSCOW – Davide Giugliano of Althea Racing Aprilia scored his first ever Tissot-Superpole Saturday at Moscow Raceway.
The 23-year-old from Rome managed to time in 1:34.676 lap-time to secure first place ahead of Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), as the Welshman achieved his best ever grid positioning in World Superbike, too.
The biggest surprise in today’s Tissot-Superpole was the crash suffered by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the third session at turn three. That put an end to his pole position streak after six consecutive poles and will force the Brit to move off from an unusual ninth place on Sunday. The first row for tomorrow’s two races is completed by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), who repeated himself on the same slot as last year’s Russian round.
Despite being the first rider unable to lap in the 1:34 seconds bracket, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) ended up 4th, ahead of Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) – with the Spaniard who proved to be “alive and kicking” after the big crash in the morning’s qualifying two.
The indomitable Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), still dealing with a dislocated right collarbone, did his best to obtain an impressive eighth place, behind fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).