NURBURG, Germany – Ayrton Badovini of Team Ducati Alstare scored his long awaited first Tissot-Superpole today at the Nurburgring, putting the 1199 R at the top of the World Superbike grid.
As drops of rain started to fall few minutes before the start, the Tissot-Superpole was held under wet rules, with two sessions of 20 minutes each. Badovini seemed very comfortable under this type of condition and led both Superpole 1 and 2 to the joy of team owner Francis Batta and his squad.
The battle for the front row positions for tomorrow’s two races were very close, and Badovini had to push hard to outperform fellow Italian Marco Melandri, who was second at the flag ahead of Tom Sykes. The Brit managed to get an encouraging result despite a crash he had in the final minutes in turn three.
Despite his usual confidence under rain conditions, Sykes’ teammate Loris Baz was fourth ahead of Pata Honda duo of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam. Chaz Davies, who qualified seventh, lost control of his bike during the second session, as well as ninth place Jules Cluzel, who high-sided at the first turn while accelerating to exit the corner. Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli finished between the two above-mentioned riders in eighth place.