Latest World Superbike Results
Max Biaggi was the fastest man during Saturday morning's second session of qualifying for the World Superbike class, the Alitalia Aprilia rider taking a comfortable lead over Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio and Pata Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga. But while Biaggi improved his time from yesterday, he was still not able to beat the time set by Carlos Checa during the QP1 on Friday afternoon, leaving the Althea Ducati rider on provisional pole, ahead of Jakub Smrz and Marco Melandri. Biaggi moves up into 4th place, while Michel Fabrizio sneaks ahead of Eugene Laverty into 5th.
The final grid positions will be settled this afternoon, during Superpole.
The perception that the Ducatis would suffer at the horsepower-hungry Brno circuit has been confounded on Friday, with Carlos Checa taking provisional pole in the afternoon's first session of qualifying. The Althea Ducati rider was a quarter of a second faster than Jakub Smrz, the Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider having set the fastest time in this morning's free practice session. A pair of Yamahas followed the Ducatis, Marco Melandri well ahead of his teammate Eugene Laverty, while Alitalia Aprilia riderMax Biaggi ended the day as 5th fastest.
BMW Italia's James Toseland withdrew from the round after trying the bike in FP1. Toseland is still recovering from a wrist injury sustained during testing, and is fighting to be fit for his home WSBK round at Silverstone later this month.
The Kawasakis continue to lead the field at Brno, with Broc Parkes of the Provec Motocard.com team taking provisional pole after the first session of qualifying for the World Supersport class. In contrast to this morning, the Kawasakis have been joined by a gaggle of Hondas, Step Racing's Gino Rea and Hannspree Ten Kate's Fabien Foret between Parkes and his teammate David Salom. Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes heads up the provisional second row in 5th, finishing ahead of Massimo Roccoli and Robbin Harms. After dominating the early rounds of World Supersport, the Yamahas have struggled at Brno, Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies down in 9th and 10th, and behind the Bike Service Yamaha of Roberto Tamburini.
The final grid will be settled after the second session of qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Local boy Jakub Smrz has struck the first blow at his home round of World Superbikes at Brno, the Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider topping the timesheets in the first session of free practice. Aprilia's Max Biaggi set the 2nd fastest time, after swapping places with Yamaha's Marco Melandri and Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio throughout much of the session, the two Italians ending in 3rd and 4th respectively. Smrz' teammate Sylvain Guintoli took 5th, ahead of the second Aprilia of Leon Camier and the Althea Ducati of championship leader Carlos Checa.
The 3 Ducatis in the top 7 will give Checa hope of limiting the damage in Sunday's races, at a track where horsepower is crucial, giving an expected advantage to the four cylinders, especially to his main rival Max Biaggi.
Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Motorland Aragon:
Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
The Motocard.com Kawasaki team has continued to dominate the World Supersport class at Aragon, Broc Parkes and David Salom once again taking the top two spots during the final session of qualifying. The two men swapped positions for pole, before Parkes finally came out on top. Sam Lowes will start from 3rd on the grid, after fending off challenges from the Yamahas of Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa, who ended in 4th and 5th respectively, while Massimo Roccoli makes it three Kawasakis in the top 6. Fabien Foret is the first of the Ten Kate Hondas, while James Ellison rounds out the second row on the Bogdanka PTR machine.
Results and summary of Superpole at Aragon:
Max Biaggi topped the final session of free practice ahead of Superpole for the World Superbike class at Motorland Aragon, setting the fastest time of the weekend and the only man to get into the 1'58s. Carlos Checa took 2nd spot, just under half a second behind the scorching pace of Biaggi, while Marco Melandri was over eight tenths off the Aprilia rider. Tom Sykes was 4th fastest, ending the session 1.1 seconds slower than Biaggi.
Carlos Checa has taken back control of the World Superbike class at the Motorland Aragon circuit, topping the second session of qualifying practice. The Althea Ducati rider just edged out the Effenbert Liberty Ducati of Jakub Smrz, who was in turn a smidgeon faster than the Alitalia Aprilia of Max Biaggi, the Italian making a big step forward overnight. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes continues to impress, setting the 4th fastest time behind Biaggi, and ahead of Biaggi's teammate Leon Camier. Meanwhile, Maxime Berger put in a very fast lap towards the end of the session to make the leap up to 6th on the Supersonic Ducati.
The top 16 progress to this afternoon's Superpole session, which will settle the front four rows of the grid. Ruben Xaus, Chris Vermeulen, Roberto Rolfo and Lorenzo Lanzi were all eliminated.
The Kawasakis continue to dominate the World Supersport class at Aragon, Broc Parkes just edging ahead of his teammate David Salom during the second session of free practice. Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes is the only rider still within a second of the Kawasakis, setting the 3rd fastest time just under a quarter of a second of Parkes. Bogdanka's James Ellison made a big step forward, but was still over a second off the pace of Parkes, and just three thousandths of a second ahead of Chaz Davies in 5th, while Step Racing's Gino Rea was 6th fastest of the morning.
Marco Melandri's form continues, the factory Yamaha rider taking provisional pole in the World Superbike class on Friday, after topping free practice in the morning session at Motorland Aragon. Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa is once again 2nd, this time with more of a gap to Melandri, and unable to break the two minute barrier as he did this morning. Pata Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga is in 3rd, just ahead of the factory Alitalia Aprilia of Leon Camier, while Kawasaki's Tom Sykes is sandwiched between Camier and his teammate Max Biaggi.
After Checa, the gaps are close: a tenth of a second separates 3rd from 7th, and just under a second covers 2nd to 14th. Qualifying continues tomorrow, and the final grid positions will be determined during Superpole on Saturday afternoon.
The Motocard.com Kawasaki team continues to top the timesheets at the Motorland Aragon circuit, Broc Parkes and David Salom setting the fastest times in the World Supersport class. After Salom's top spot in the morning, this time it was Parkes' turn to take 1st, running three tenths quicker than his Mallorcan teammate. Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes found an extra couple of tenths in the afternoon, moving up to 3rd on the provisional grid, while Chaz Davies led his ParkinGO Yamaha teammate Luca Scassa again for 4th and 5th.