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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Checa from Biaggi at Misano

From the WSBK Pressoffice

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) ended up on the top slot in Friday's World Superbike qualifying session at Misano with a time of 1 minute, 36.024 seconds, half-a-second quicker than Cal Crutchlow's lap record set during last year's race.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) went head-to-head with Checa for much of the session, but any last-minute attempt by the Italian to oust his rival from the top was thwarted by a crash by Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad) four minutes from the end that interrupted proceedings.

In the crash Corser suffered a bang on his head and was taken to the medical centre for checks but the Australian should be OK for Saturday.

The session was completed a short time afterwards, with Corser ending up fifth fastest at a circuit where he holds the qualifying record. Two more Italians are behind Biaggi; Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) and Michel Fabrizio (Alstare Suzuki), with Melandri's team-mate Eugene Laverty completing the top six.

Jakub Smrz (Effenbert–Liberty Racing Ducati) pushed his way to seventh on his big twin, one place up on the Aprilia Pata machine of Noriyuki Haga.

Sylvain Guintoli, Smrz' team-mate went ninth, with the top 10 being rounded out by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike), with six different manufacturers represented in the top 10 places.

Top Honda rider was Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) in 12th, while comeback kid Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished his first day at Misano in 22nd place.

In a close qualifying session the top 21 riders were within 1.5 seconds of the top spot.

Sam Lowes made a clear impression on the rest of the World Supersport field at the Misano World Circuit as the Parkalgar Honda man went quickest in the first qualifying session. His time of 1:39.618 was good enough to take the provisional pole away from points leader (equal with Luca Scassa) and Yamaha ParkinGO's Chaz Davies.

Two Kawasaki Motocard.com machines were next up with David Salom and Broc Parkes in third and fourth, while former champion Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was fifth.

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team Ducati) took the top slot in Friday afternoon's Superstock 1000 qualifying session, his time of 1:39.118 just ahead of points leader Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati). A German bike was right behind the two Italian machines, Sylvain Barrier taking his BMW Motorrad Italia S 1000RR machine to third place.

Wild-card rider Giuliano Gregorini (Trasimeno Yamaha) set the quickest time in the first qualifying session for European Superstock 600, ahead of regular campaigner Dino Lombardi (Martini Corse Yamaha), currently second in the points standings.

Superbike Qualifying Times
1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing), Ducati 1098R, 1:36.024
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team), Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1:36.149
3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team), Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:36.482
4. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare), Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:36.546
5. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), BMW S1000RR, 1:36.656
6. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team), Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:36.683
7. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing), Ducati 1098R 1:36.713
8. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia), Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1:36.728
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing), Ducati 1098R, 1:36.753
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike), Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:36.793
11. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), BMW S1000RR, 1:36.810
12. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda), Honda CBR1000RR, 1:36.824
13. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team), Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1:36.984
14. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), BMW S1000RR, 1:37.059
15. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.), Ducati 1098R, 1:37.073
etc.

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