Superpole Results From Donington Park, WSB

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The Superpole results are in at last! Our man in Donington dodges the Windows blue screen of death to post the story...

Local riders in charge at Donington

Steve Hislop and Neil Hodgson showed the rest of the world how it’s done this afternoon at Donington Park in the British round of the World Superbike Championship. Hislop, who is entered as a non-regular or ‘wild card’ rider, dominated qualifying on Friday and Saturday. He capped his performance with a brilliant Superpole lap to take pole position for tomorrow’s two World Superbike races. Fellow Brit Neil Hodgson pushed him hard all the way, both in qualifying and in the Superpole. Hodgson set a fast Superpole lap (1’32.899 seconds), leaving Hislop, who was last rider out for Superpole, with everything to do. Hislop rose to the challenge and rode a 1’32.680 second lap to put his Monstermob Ducati onto first place on the grid.

Ben Bostrom was third fastest in Superpole making it three Ducati’s on the front row. Reigning World Champion Colin Edwards on the Castrol Honda qualified fourth fastest. Edwards’ weekend started badly when he crashed out of the first qualifying session on Friday after only three laps. But the Texan got his act together to grab the last place on the front row. Championship leader Troy Bayliss is joined by his Infostrada team mate Ruben Xaus, wild card rider John Reynolds and his rival in the championship Troy Corser on the second row.

In a press conference held after the Superpole session, Hodgson’s GSE Ducati team explained that their bikes had benefited from a raft of new parts from the official factory racing department, Ducati Corse. “We were disappointed with what happened at Monza,” said team boss Colin Wright, referring to the myriad of mechanical problems they suffered at the historic Italian circuit. “We wanted to put those difficulties behind us this weekend and getting Neil Hodgson onto second place on the grid is a great way to do that!”

Superpole: 1st Hislop (Ducati) 1'32.680 - 2nd Hodgson (Ducati) 1'32.899- 3rd Bostrom (Ducati) 1'33.207 - 4th Edwards (Honda) 1'33.315 - 5thBayliss (Ducati) 1'33.482 - 6th Reynolds (Ducati) 1'33.530 - 7th Xaus(Ducati) 1'33.552 - 8th Corser (Aprilia Axo) 1'33.677 - 9thYanagawa (Kawasaki) 1'33.683
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