New Gen Motorsports (BMW) Glen Allerton put in a solid performance on Pirelli tyres to claim the all-new QBE Australian Superbike Superpole.
Emulating the World Superbike Superpole process of elimination, the exciting new format provided a great spectacle for trackside fans.
Allerton dominated the Superpole session, claiming P1 and in doing so made a bald statement to his rivals.
“We came into the championship as underdogs and no one expected us to be P1, however I know how good the bike is and being on the Pirelli tyres is a definite advantage,” Allerton explained.
“It’s a long championship but we couldn’t ask for a better start. The new Superpole format was terrific, I was excited to see what the competition was doing and test myself, the bike and tyres to remain in front”.
Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell will start from second position on the grid. Maxwell wants to improve from his Superpole qualifier to stand on the top step of the podium.
“It’s a great start, however I need to find a little more come race time”
Team Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden claimed third and said the new format suited him.
“It takes me a little longer to warm up so this was much better and it was my best Superpole qualifier to date”.
The all-new format was not without controversy, with Team Hondas Jamie Stauffer (above) excluded from partaking in the final session due to a technical breach after it was found that his calliper had not been lock-wired.
Pirelli’s Leo Cash was impressed with Allerton’s times. “This is great for Pirelli and BMW. We have faith in our product and look forward to challenging for wins throughout the year. It’s a long season and we will continue to collect data in an effort to improve”.
QBE Australian Superbike Superpole Results
1. Glenn Allerton, BMW HP4, 53.503
2. Wayne Maxwell, Suzuki GSX-R, 53.878
3. Robert Bugden, Suzuki GSX-R, 54.310
4. Linden Magee, BMW S-RR, 54.520
5. Chas Hern, Suzuki GSX-R, 54.527
6. Jamie Stauffer, Honda CBR RR, 54.614
7. Josh Hook, Honda CBR RR, 54.825
8. Beau Beaton, Suzuki GSX-R, 54.966
9. Ben Nicolson, BMW S-RR, 55.289
10. Ben Henry, Suzuki GSX-R, 55.536
11. Glenn Scott, Honda CBR RR, 55.900
12. Phil Lovett, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 57.123
13. Adam Senior, Honda CBR RR, 57.478