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Lausitz WSBK: Dominant Davies powers to pole

Chaz Davies will start today’s World Superbike race at the Lausitzring from pole after topping the timesheets in today’s Superpole session at the German track.

The aruba.it Ducati man was the only rider to break into the 1’37s on a damp but drying track as he powered across the line with a 1’37.883 with just over a minute of session left to run.

After a wet start to the day which saw free practice three delayed thanks to wet track conditions, the rain had stopped and the track had already showed signs of drying when Jonathan Rea and Davide Giugliano shot to the top of the Superpole 1 timesheets to make it through to Superpole 2.


As the 15min session got underway, the usual chopping and changing went on at the top, with Jordi Torres, Davies, Rea and his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes all jumping up to P1 before getting displaced as track conditions improved further.

Davies ended up being the pacesetter throughout, becoming the first rider to cut lap times down to the 1’40s. Even a short excursion onto the grass at Turn Six did little to curb his speed, and he quickly re-joined and headed back to the pits with the rest of the pack to grab some new rubber.

As everyone emerged on their finest qualifying tyres, it was Friday’s early pacesetter Lorenzo Savadori on his Ioda Aprilia who set the pace, hitting the top spot with the first time in the 1’39s.

But Davies wasn’t anywhere near finished, and just over a minute later put himself on provisional pole with a 1’38.298s lap. A lap later he went one better, crossing the line in the 1’37s to secure his second pole of the year and the third of his WSBK career.

Hard charges from the usual suspects proved fruitless, and eventually it was Sykes with a lap of 1’38.008 who took second, while Honda’s Nicky Hayden grabbed the third quickest lap after the flag fell to steal the final front row grid spot.

Savadori heads the second row alongside the Althea BMW Racing machine of Torres in fifth, while championship leader Jonathan Rea could only muster the sixth quickest lap.

Leon Camier will start from seventh aboard the MV Agusta with Giugliano eighth and the returning Sylvain Guintoli ninth on the Pata Yamaha.

Dutchman Michael Van Der Mark lines up 10th aboard his Honda World Superbike Team machine with the BMW of home hero Marcus Reiterberger11th.

Alex Lowes will start from 12th after failing to set a lap time. He was disappointed not to get out in the session after his team were still busy fixing his Pata Yamaha following a crash in free practice three.

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