With Max Biaggi on pole for tomorrow's World Superbike races, normal order has been restored. The Czech circuit is Biaggi's favorite track, and the extra horsepower of the Aprilia RSV4 comes into its own round the fast and hilly circuit - much, much steeper in real life than it looks on the TV - which added to the bike's agility, makes it a formidable package. So coming out on top in Superpole - with a masterful lap at the start of the final session - is exactly what you might expect at Brno.
Prior to Superpole, however, things were not running as expected: Carlos Checa and Jakub Smrz had both topped practice sessions, going fast at a track where the Ducatis are supposed to suffer due to the horsepower deficit the twins have against the fours here. Though the four cylinder bikes were clearly competitive - the Yamahas of Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty have right at the front alongside the Aprilia of Biaggi - it has been the Ducatis which have been most impressive at the flowing Czech circuit.