The mesmerising, powerful, other worldly Superbikes returned today to Belgium’s most famous active road race circuit, Circuit De Chimay.
Widely tipped for race honours this weekend, multiple IRRC Superbike Champion underlined his pre-racing favourite status by finishing overall fastest across the 1000cc qualifying sessions.
Quickest in Q1, second qualifying would see G&G Motorsport’s Grams bank a best lap time of 1 minute 39.245 seconds.
Ultimately this lap time would prove sufficient to grab pole position ahead of a determined Lukas Maurer.
Maurer who placed just over two tenths behind the pace set by Grams, turn of speed was made all the more prodigious given that for today, Sunday’s competition he isn’t piloting his Superbike Kawasaki steed, instead racing Superstock Kawasaki machinery.
Just a further 0.165 adrift of lead TT newcomer of 2019 Maurer, was twice IRRC Supersport Champion Joey Den Besten (1.39.475).
Fellow middleweight class racing great Marek Cerveny (1.40.976) finished fourth quickest as local hero Laurent Hoffmann (1.40.463), Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis (1.40.866) rounded out the top six qualifiers.
Positions 7th through to 10th on the overall times sheet were acquired by Kamil Holan (1.41.507), European Hill Climb Superbike Championship leader Stefano Bonetti (1.41.620), Ales Nechvatal (1.41.884) and Davy Maes (1.41.928).
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou