The weather was the real star at the second day of the SBK round being held in San Marino. The rain that started on the first morning continues to fall at the Misano World Circuit, forcing the drivers to make their qualifying runs on a wet track. It rained intermittently during the afternoon, but fortunately, the track was dry in time for the warm-ups and the Superpole race. Jakub Smrz, on the Guandalini team’s Ducati, managed to interrupt Spies’ monopoly, and took home the Superpole victory with a time of 1:35:435, setting a new record at the circuit in Romagna.
Max Biaggi will start of from ninth place in tomorrow’s race, after finishing with a time of 1:36:439. The Roman driver finished Superpole 1 in third place, but was unable to pass the second stage by just three hundredths of a second. During the final lap, Max, using qualifying tyres, was completing the lap in third place in the intermediate times, but just three curves from the finish line, there was a technical problem with the gear quick shift which caused the bike to die out and forced him to re-enter the box.
Shinya Nakano will start off from twelfth place with a time of 1:36:682. After finishing Superpole 1 in fourteenth place, the Japanese driver was unable to pass Superpole 2, despite the fact that he used competition tyres.
“I’m very disappointed,” stated Biaggi. “This electronic problem ruined everything. If I had finished that lap I would have certainly qualified for the final phase of the Superpole. I had hoped for a better weekend, but when a motorcycle is being debuted, these glitches can happen, it’s not the first time this season that Superpole has been compromised by a technical breakdown. There’s still a lot of work to do for tomorrow’s race, where I will give it my all, like always, trying everything possible to bring happiness to my many fans who have come here to Misano”.
“Fortunately, we finally managed to race on a dry track this afternoon,” said Nakano. “Even though the Superpole results weren’t the best. We had a lot of problems with stability when braking, so I wasn’t able to pull away quickly going into the curves. We overhauled the alignment to try and improve the situation, but nothing changed. We’ll keep working in the warm-ups to improve the feeling and if we manage to do that, I’m sure we’ll have a good race.”