Having celebrated completing his 100th World Superbike Championship race last time out at Silverstone, Ayrton Badovini has officially marked his WSBK century in style by claiming an unexpected maiden pole position in Germany.
Taking full advantage of the inclement weather conditions, Badovini was superb in the wet from start-to-finish, prevailing in an exciting duel with Marco Melandri after snatching the initiative on his final lap of the session.
Further evidence of his reputation as something of a master in the wet (his two WSBK podiums both occurred in slippery conditions at Silverstone in 2012 and Moscow in 2013), Badovini was thrilled – and surprised – to come out on top for the first time in his career.
Though he is making no predictions about his chances come race day having struggled to mount a front running challenge in the dry on the Alstare Ducati, Badovini is happy to revel in the moment for the time being.
“I'm really happy with the result. I knew that if it was wet we'd have the chance to qualify on the front row but I didn't expect to be on pole, it's fantastic! Towards the end of the second phase the track was getting more and more slippery, it was risky but I wanted to give it my all, to see if we could finish on top and we did it. In those kind of conditions, the union between my 1199 Panigale and my ability in the wet works perfectly.
“I'm enjoying this moment; this result is for the team that has worked so hard since the start of the season. We haven't formulated a strategy for the races yet but to start out in front will surely be an advantage.”