News 12 Sep 2009

EWC: Lagrive scores pole for Michelin Honda team at Bol d'Or


Magny Cours was the scene of some intense fight for the Bol d’Or Superpole this afternoon. After a breathtaking session, Matthieu Lagrive managed to keep the Honda Michelin Power Research Team on pole position after a very impressive 1’40.366 hot lap. Gwen Giabbani tried to put an end to the game by signing a fantastic 1’40.769 on the Yamaha Austria Racing Team. However, Matthieu Lagrive was able to put the Honda Michelin on pole position for the second time this season.

Vincent Philippe placed the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team in the top three, but laping for the first time under 1’41. His best lap in 1’40.855 gave the SERT great confidence in their abilities of performing well during the race.

The Honda National Motos with Emeric Jonchière took the fourth place from the GSR Kawasaki of Kenny Noyes. Unfortunately, Yamaha GMT 94 is the great looser of the session: Erwan Nigon started his fast lap well but then nearly crashed. The Yamaha will start tomorrow from sixth place.

The rest of the starting grid doesn’t change from the qualification results: BK Maco Moto Racing Team, RAC 41 City Bike, Bolliger Team Switzerland and Suzuki Junior Team LMS.

Superpole Results:

1. Michelin Power Research Team, Matthieu Lagrive (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:40.366
2. Yamaha Austria Racing Team, Gwen Giabbani (Yam YZF-R1), 1:40.769
3. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, Vincent Philippe (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:40.855
4. National Motos, Emeric Jonchiere (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:41.792
5. Team GSR – Kawasaki, Xavi Fores (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:41.806
6. Yamaha France – GMT 94 Ipone, Erwan Nigon (Yam YZF-R1), 1:41.964
7. BK Maco Moto Racing, Jason Pridmore (Yam YZF-R1), 1:42.141
8. Rac 41 – City Bike, Gregory Junod (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:42.626
9. Bolliger Team Switzerland, Horst Saiger (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:42.865
10. Junior Team Suzuki LMS, Cedric Tangre (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:43.278