Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) blasted the previous track best at Motorland Aragon to record a time of 1 minute 56.552 seconds in Tissot-Superpole, earning his sixth pole position of the season. His new best time was over a second better than the best lap from 2011, a huge margin even at a relatively long circuit like Motorland Aragon. Aprilia Racing riders Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty were second and third respectively and the front row for Sunday's two 20-lap races was completed by Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport).
Haslam's team-mate Marco Melandri was fifth in Tissot-Superpole, with Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) in sixth place. World Champion Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) echoed his race number by finishing seventh. Fast 2012 rookie in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship class, Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Team Aprilia), was eighth.
Honda rider Cluzel heads Kawasaki trio in Spanish qualifying. Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) popped up to score pole in the Spanish sunshine with a lap time of 2 minutes 02.624 seconds, in what was a close final qualifying session. He headed off three Kawasaki riders, with Kawasaki Lorenzini pairing Sheridan Morais and Kenan Sofuoglu second and third respectively and the final front row slot being taken by Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing).
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) scored fifth and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) sixth. All of the top six riders were covered by 0.271 seconds, indicating that Sunday's 18-lap race should be closely contested.
Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) secured his third pole of the 2012 season after a tense competition in hot conditions at Motorland Aragon. He held off his compatriot Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki), with Barrier's team-mate Luca Baroni third and the Barni Racing Team Ducati 1199 Panigale of Eddi La Marra fourth.
Aussie star Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) was a top five finisher, one place up on Markus Reiterberger (Team Alpha Racing BMW). British rider Kevin Coghlan (DMC Racing) was seventh on his Ducati Panigale.
Times: 1. Barrier (BMW) 2'02.709 average 156.781 kph; 2. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2'02.720; 3. Baroni (BMW) 2'02.833; 4. La Marra (Ducati) 2'02.935; 5. Staring (Kawasaki) 2'02.986; 6. Reiterberger (BMW) 2'03.187; 7. Coghlan (Ducati) 2'03.739; 8. Savadori (Ducati) 2'03.769; etc.
SUPERSTOCK 600 – RACE
Riccardo Russo (Yamaha Team Italia FMI) set a new lap record of 2 minutes 05.799 seconds on his way to the win in the shortened European Superstock 600 Championship race. After a red flag halted the first attempt the planned ten lap race dropped to six and the subsequent sprint saw some intense action at the front. Michael van der Mark (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) finished 1.514 seconds behind Russo while Gauthier Duwelz (MTM Yamaha) was third. Francesco Cocco (Team Pata by Martini Yamaha) was fourth in the race and Adrian Nestorovic (MTM Yamaha) was fifth. The race finish today was identical to the championship order. Russo has 106 points, van der Mark 99 and Duwelz 58.
Results: 1. Russo (Yamaha) 6 Laps/32.064 km in 12'41.673 average 151.548 kph; 2. Vd Mark (Honda) 1.514; 3. Duwelz (Yamaha) 4.594; 4. Cocco (Yamaha) 4.622; 5. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 5.642; 6. Davies (Kawasaki) 5.813; 7. Vitali (Yamaha) 8.545; 8. Suchet (Honda) 8.784; etc.
Points (after 5 of 10 rounds): 1. Russo 106; 2. Vd Mark 99; 3. Duwelz 58; 4. Calero Perez 50; 5. Vitali 42; 6. Gamarino 33; 7. Nestorovic 28; 8. Chesaux26; etc.
KTM European Junior Cup
Lukas Wimmer scored the pole time in the KTM European Junior Cup qualifying contest, with Javier Orellana from Spain second and his compatriot Gaston Garcia third. Italian runner Federico Fazzina was a top four rider, with Aussie pilot Jake Lewis fifth. Christian Vidal, another fast local rider, took his Duke 690 to sixth. British rider Jamie Patterson starts tomorrow's race from seventh place.
Times: 1. Wimmer (KTM) 2'17.601 average 139.813 kph; 2. Orellana (KTM) 2'18.356; 3. Garcia (KTM) 2'19.511; 4. Fazzina (KTM) 2'19.562; 5. Lewis (KTM) 2'20.255; 6. Vidal (KTM) 2'20.323; 7. Patterson (KTM) 2'20.717; 8. Demoulin (KTM) 2'21.252; etc.