EXTRAORDINARY SUPERPOLE FOR LEON HASLAM, RIDING HIS APRILIA TO THE TOP OF THE LIST
FOURTH ROW FOR JORDI TORRES
EIGHTH FOR LORENZO SAVADORI, LEADER OF THE SUPERSTOCK 1000 STANDINGS
Magny Cours (France), 3 October 2015 – The forecast was correct and the rain arrived just in time to condition the Magny-Cours Superpole. For Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils things fell into place straight away, with Leon Haslam consistently one of the fastest riders in the wet and ahead of everyone three minutes from the end. Just at that moment the red flag came out due to a crash, so all the riders returned to pit lane, going back out almost immediately for one last go.
While trying to improve, and succeeding, Leon attempted to overtake in order not to miss his chance but he found himself on the kerb, losing control of his RSV4 RF. After the marshals gave him a lift to pit lane he realised at that moment that he had held onto the top time, which means he will start the two races tomorrow from the coveted spot on the grid in front of the rest.
Jordi Torres, on the other hand, struggled with his lack of experience in the wet on a track he is tackling for the first time. After putting the fifth best time on the sheets in FP3, reporting good sensations in the dry, in Superpole the Spanish rider had to settle for twelfth place. So tomorrow he will have to come back from behind in both races, starting from the fourth row of the grid.
SUPERSTOCK 1000 FIM CUP
The Superstock 1000 FIM Cup qualifiers were also held in the wet, where Aprilia standard bearer and current leader in the standings Lorenzo Savadori placed on the third row for the race tomorrow. The Team Nuova M2 rider needs just one point to earn the category championship crown.
The two RSV4 RF machines ridden by Kevin Calia and Alessandro Andreozzi also performed well, respectively finishing fifth and eleventh.