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STK1000: Scheib Takes His Maiden Pole at Jerez 1STK1000 took to the warm, sunny Circuito de Jerez at 14:15 local time to decide the grid positions ahead of the season finale that will decide the Cup winner at the Gaerne Spanish Round on Sunday.

A rush of activity in the final minutes of the session saw Maximilian Scheib (GRAPHBIKES Easyrace SBK Team) shoot to the top of the timesheets to secure pole position in only his second outing in the Cup. Roberto Tamburini (Nuova M2 Racing) set the second quickest time, while PATA Yamaha Official Stock Team’s Ricardo Russo ended the session in third to lock out the front row of the grid.

Cup contender Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) will be starting from the second row on the grid in fourth, while PATA Yamaha Official Stock Team’s Lucas Mahias starts from fifth, ahead of Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi in sixth. Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) headed the third row of the grid in seventh with Alessandro Nocco (Nuova M2 Racing) in eighth. Cup leader Leandro Mercado (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team) will have to work hard on Sunday to finish ahead of his rival De Rosa, as he finished ninth on the grid. Kevin Calia (Nuova M2 Racing) rounded out the top 10.

The end of the session was red flagged after a five rider crash at turn 12 involving Andrea Tucci (Berclaz Racing by MotoXracing), Andrea Mantovani (Guandalini Racing Yamaha), Gregg Black (MTM / HS Kawasaki), Luca Salvadori (Team Motozoo by Motoxracing) and Jack Kennedy (Agro On-Benjan-Kawasaki). The crash saw Black and Kennedy suffer injuries, ruling them out of the race on Sunday.

Mercado leads the standings by 7 points and will be doing everything he can to win the Cup on Sunday 16th of October in what will be the final outing of 2016 for the FIM Superstock 1000 category.

STK1000 Qualifying:
M.Scheib BMW (1’42.998)
R.Tamburini Aprilia (1’43.718)
R.Russo Yamaha (1’43.769)