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Aug 19, 2017

World Supersport: Sheridan Morais Takes Career-First Superpole Win, In Germany

Sheridan Morais.

FIM Supersport World Championship

Lausitzring, Germany

August 19, 2017

Qualifying Results (all on Pirelli tires):

From Superpole Two:

1. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:40.440

2. Federico CARICASULO, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:40.505

3. Niki TUULI, Finland (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:40.714

4. Jules CLUZEL, France (Honda CBR600RR), 1:40.870

5. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:40.895

6. Lucas MAHIAS, France (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:40.943

7. Luke STAPLEFORD, UK (Triumph Daytona 675), 1:41.180

8. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:41.244

9. Kyle SMITH, UK (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.498

10. Hannes SOOMER, Estonia (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.519

11. Hikari OKUBO, Japan (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.994

12. Gino REA, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:42.283

From Superpole One:

13. Anthony WEST, Australia (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:42.031

14. PJ JACOBSEN, USA (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:42.138

15. Christoffer BERGMAN, Sweden (Honda CBR600RR), 1:42.203

16. Alessandro ZACCONE, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:42.428

17. Thomas GRADINGER, Austria (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:42.509

18. M. CANDUCCI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:42.826

19. Rob HARTOG, Netherlands (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:42.840

20. Nacho CALERO, Spain (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.144

More, from a press release issued by Dorna WSBK Press Office:

WorldSSP: Morais storms to first pole position

South African rider on pole in Germany ahead of Caricasulo and Tuuli

At the Prosecco DOC German Round on Saturday afternoon Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing) cashed in on his good pace so far this weekend to grab his first ever WorldSSP pole, ahead of fellow front row qualifiers Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) and Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing).

Morais produced a fine 1’40.440 lap in Tissot Superpole 2 to put him at the head of the grid for Sunday’s race, with Italian rider Caricasulo 0.065s behind him in second place. From the other side of the Kallio Racing box Morais’ colleague Tuuli made it a great day for his team to round out an all-Yamaha row one.

Friday’s fastest rider Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) qualified in fourth and will be joined on row two by World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and championship leader Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team).

Britons Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing) and Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini) qualified in seventh and ninth respectively, with Italian rider Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag) in eighth.

On the fourth row it’s Hannes Soomer (WILSport Racedays) in tenth place, in front of Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven). Towards the end of the session Rea crashed but was not too adversely affected.

In SP1 Soomer topped the timesheet with a 1'41.519s lap and he was joined in graduation to SP2 by Zanetti.

At the #GermanWorldSBK round on Sunday the WorldSSP riders will commence their race around the 4.255km Lausitzring circuit at 11.30am local time.

Pole Position - Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing)

"Really happy to get the pole position and we have made a small improvement with the new bike, which has made a big difference. We are feeling really comfortable here in Germany and we have a chance to fight for the victory tomorrow." 

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