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SSTK: Barrier holds onto Aragon pole

30 June 2012

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Sylvain Barrier is well placed to extend his FIM Superstock 1000 Championship lead after qualifying on pole position for round five of the season at Motorland Aragon.

The Frenchman, who has won three of the four races so far this year, had held the top spot overnight from his BMW Italia team-mate Lorenzo Baroni, but would proceed to go marginally faster to consolidate his position.

Even so, he was pushed hard by countryman Jeremy Guarnoni, the youngster continuing his resurgence since switching to MRS Kawasaki by qualifying second, just 11 thousandths of a second behind Barrier.

Baroni himself was just a further tenth behind on the second of the GoldBet-backed S1000RRs, while title contender Eddi La Marra snared a spot on the outside of the front row in fourth, the Italian rewarded for his efforts in dialling the Ducati 1199 Panigale around a circuit that it has otherwise struggled on this weekend.

Pedercini Kawasaki's Bryan Staring heads up row two, ahead of Alpha BMW rider Markus Reiterberger and Kev Coghlan, who starts from a career-best seventh place having out-qualified Barni Ducati rider Lorenzo Savadori.

Marco Bussolotti and Fabio Massei round out the top ten, denying David McFadden on the second Pedercini bike and Monza podium winner Christoffer Bergman.