Press releases after the first day of practice at Imola for the World Superbike and World Supersport teams:
Rea on the pace in Imola
Jonathan Rea set the second-fastest time in this afternoon’s opening World Superbike qualifying session at Imola in Italy, just one tenth of a second off provisional pole sitter Tom Sykes.
The rain that had been forecast for today did not materialise and although the 45-minute session was run under an overcast sky it was on a dry Imola circuit.
Rea and his World Superbike rivals are preparing for Sunday’s two seventh-round championship races at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari and the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland lapped the iconic circuit in a time of 1m47.330s.
His Pata Honda team-mate, Leon Haslam, 30, was seventh fastest in this morning’s first free practice session at the 4.936km circuit, but went the wrong way with the settings on his CBR1000RR machine this afternoon and ended the day 13th fastest.
Jonathan Rea – P2, 1m47.330s
It’s been a really positive day, even with some electronics dramas at the beginning of this morning’s session, which cost me some time. The laps we did today were all quality and I was working closely straight away with the electronics guys, getting a good base setting and gathering data. When I was comfortable, we put some runs together and it was just positive. We worked on trying to find grip at the end and so we spent the whole qualifying session on the same tyre, finding out what’s likely to happen in the latter stages of the race. Imola seems to have quite a different surface from other circuits and it’s good for tyre life and traction control interference, which is less here. Without getting too excited, I’m quite positive but we have to continue working tomorrow to fine-tune the bike. The pace is already quite fast, but we need to make sure we’re at least on the first two rows for Sunday.
Leon Haslam – P13, 1m48.725s
The muscles in my leg were a little sore at the beginning of the qualifying session so I eased my way into it, trying a few changes to the bike. But we basically went back nearly to where we were this morning and ended up running out of time. I went something like half a second faster than this morning, but I though we’d be a lot quicker than we actually were because this morning’s time was on a used hard tyre. This afternoon we used a softer, new tyre and the time didn’t come, while everyone else went a lot quicker. I felt we had a good base this morning and just went the wrong way this afternoon, so it was a bit of a wasted session really. But we learned from it and we’ll make the right steps tomorrow.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Leon has more power in his leg now, which allows him to push the pegs more, but he had a tough day. The setting went in the wrong direction this afternoon and he lost some time, but we hope to find a better set-up for him to be able to produce a better pace tomorrow. Jonathan was in the top three all day and stayed with one tyre this afternoon, doing a lot of laps and improving his lap time. Besides Sykes, there was really nobody who could do that pace, so it was a good day for Jonathan.
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Imola - Qualifying Practice 1
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team has started its home round at the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” at Imola (ITA). The iconic circuit hosts the seventh race weekend of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. Factory rider and local hero, Marco Melandri (ITA) finished today’s first qualifying practice sixth on the provisional second row on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) was 11th.
In the first qualifying practice of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA) of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team finished third on the provisional front row on his BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA), who is still affected by his injured left heel, finished 17th.
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:48.977 min (P4)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:47.788 min (P6)
“This year in Imola we have higher temperatures and new 17” tyres and this is why we are evaluating new solutions and new tyres. Today we had good sessions; we are doing quite well. We have worked on preparing for the race and we did a good job. In fact, I did my best lap time on the tenth lap with used tyres. We were not quite as not fast as the guys in front, but we are heading in the right direction. Tomorrow will try some solutions especially to improve the speed in changing directions. We will have the time to complete our work. Overall, I am confident for the races.”
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:49.743 min (P13)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:48.697 min (P11)
“I am not very happy with today. Every time I tried to push I was struggling with issues when turning into corners. It is something that I haven’t had to that extent before. We have not changed anything dramatic but when I try to push that happens. In addition we also need to try and find a solution for another issue, I am wheelying too much and lose quite a bit of time on the straight because of that. So we have to have a good look at the data and we need to make an easier bike to ride because when I don’t push, the lap time is faster.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Today the forecast had predicted bad weather; instead, luckily, the weather allowed us to work well. Marco is satisfied with his RR. Today he worked on preparing for the race using only one tyre and he showed a good race pace. Tomorrow we’ll fix some small details. Chaz had some issues; he was not able to be constantly fast in all sectors. We will analyse the data to enable him to catch up with the front tomorrow.
In the Superstock class we saw the Imola debut of our electronic damping system DDC. We worked on gaining data in order to make the suspension working properly. We did not look for the lap time but only to collect new data. Sylvain is doing well, tomorrow he will have the chance to improve. Greg is getting better and today was the first time for him on this track, in the end it was a positive day.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Today was very much work in progress. After it rained at night, the track was still a bit cold this morning but then it became better and better in the afternoon. With both crews we could already evaluate a few tyres and we have seen that, at least for today’s speed, the tyre life is not a big issue. With Chaz, we have to admit that the gap to the front is bigger than we expected. His ideal time, the combined time of his best sector time, is faster so the potential is there for a better lap time but he is not happy with how the bike brakes and turns into the corners. We have to work to improve the behavior of the bike in this area. We have clearly identified the issue and now we try to find a solution. With Marco overall it has been a positive first day. He was fast on used tyres which is a good sign for the race. As expected, the track is demanding a lot from the riders, we have seen many mistakes, even from the top guys. So we would like to improve not only in order to be faster but also to be more consistent by making the bike easier to handle on this specific track. There are a few sectors where Marco is losing a bit compared to the front guys and there we need to improve the turning of the bike a little bit.”
Positive fourth place for Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare in today’s first qualifying at Imola
Imola (Italy), Friday 28 June 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare made a very encouraging start to the weekend’s work at the Imola circuit. Taking part in the first qualifying session of this, Round 7 of the World SBK Championship, Ayrton Badovini obtained a very positive fourth place finish; Carlos Checa closed twelfth.
In cloudy but fairly warm conditions (air temperature 19˚C, track 30˚C), the Ducati Alstare men took to the track this morning for the first free practice session. Badovini made a strong start to the weekend, positioning himself in the top five in the initial stages. Making some small changes to the set-up of their 1199 Panigale bikes, both Badovini and Checa were able to make solid progress throughout the 45-minute session, recording their fastest laps in the final seconds to conclude in eighth and ninth position with almost identical lap times – Badovini 1’49.281, Checa 1’49.291.
First qualifying took place in similar conditions later in the day, and Ayrton continued to work well with his team, improving almost immediately on the times set this morning. Finding a good pace, the Italian rider was able to improve consistently throughout the session, finishing in overall fourth position thanks to a fastest time of 1’47.6, just four tenths of a second from leader Sykes. Carlos improved by more than half a second but still has work to do in preparation for the races. He closed in twelfth position today, with a best time of 1’48.7.
Carlos Checa: “To be honest I hoped it would go a little better today, after our results in Portimao. I’m feeling strong, I like the track and in the past I’ve always gone well here. I don’t know, today we didn’t manage to find a solution that allows me to ride as I want to. During the last exit, with a modified set-up and a used tyre, I felt some improvement but then I didn’t have time to come back and change to a fresh tyre. Anyway, today’s only the first day, we’ll make some changes tonight and I’m sure that tomorrow we’ll see improvement.”
Ayrton Badovini: “I’m really happy with today’s results. It’s the first time that I’ve really been able to lap fast and find a good pace right from the start. It’s probably also due to the fact that I was able to really train and prepare properly for this round, now that my ankle is stronger. This is the kind of satisfaction we’ve been looking for. But this is only the start, and tomorrow we’ll continue with the work programme. The important thing is to remain focused on Sunday’s races. I’m confident and really want to do well here at Imola, at what is my home track and Ducati’s too.”
FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI PUSHING HARD AT IMOLA WSB
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 28.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel will both be looking to make improvements in different areas during day two of this weekend's eni FIM Superbike World Championship event from Imola in Italy.
Camier was happy enough with his day's work onboard the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R, as he used both of today's sessions to work on the behaviour and performance of his machine on used tyres by completing a number of long runs on the same rubber. He made significant steps and even recorded his fastest time on the very last lap of a long run at the end of the first qualifying session this afternoon, to give him the eighth quickest time. Camier will now be looking to work on getting the most out of a tyre over one-lap to enhance his qualifying prospects and give him more of an opportunity in Sunday's two races.
Cluzel spent his first day on a Superbike at the 4,936m Italian track learning how to adapt his riding style to that of the FIXI Crescent Suzuki and made steady progress throughout the day, before ending the qualifying session in 14th place. He will be working with his crew this evening to make the set-up work better from him, so that he can take the next step in performance as the weekend progresses.
Today's two sessions were held in fine conditions as the predicted rain that was forecast failed to materialise. Track temperatures during this afternoon's qualifying session reached 38°C, as Kawasaki's Tom Sykes set the fastest time and took provisional pole position.
Camier and Cluzel will have a second qualifying session tomorrow morning to cement their positions in the afternoon's Superpole, where they will battle it out to get the best grid places for Sunday's two races.
"We have done a lot of laps on used tyres and doing some longer runs to see how the tyre behaves when it has started to wear and I think we are quite consistent, because I feel that I am going faster and faster on older tyres. We now need to concentrate more on one-lap so we can get a good qualifying position and make more of a difference with a new tyre at the start of a race. I went quickest on my last lap of a 10-lap run, so that is quite confidence inspiring, but now we need to get more out of me and the bike on a new tyre."
"It has been a difficult day and this morning was quite hard because it was the first time I've ridden a Superbike here at Imola. I think this is the most difficult circuit for me to adapt to the Superbike style. This afternoon I thought it would be a better session, but at the end I found it hard to improve on my lap-time. I didn't really enjoy myself on the bike today, so I hope we can get an improved setting for tomorrow to make the bike work better and then we should be able to go faster."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"The predicted bad weather for today stayed away and it meant that we were able to get a lot of laps done to start the preparations for Sunday's races in decent track conditions. Imola is one of the classic circuits, but it is a difficult place to extract the maximum from a Superbike and we have a lot of details to work on this evening to make the job easier for both riders. That said, Leon being in eighth place and less than a second from the provisional pole, is encouraging and as always he has a consistent rhythm. We just need to lift that pace to a higher level to compete with the fastest guys.
"Jules's guys are also working hard to make his life a little easier and the bike more predictable on corner exit. As I say it's not an easy track - especially the first time on a Superbike - so with a night's sleep under his belt and some improvements to the FIXI Crescent Suzuki, we will see a stronger showing from him tomorrow."
FRIDAY AT IMOLA TURNED OUT TO BE PARTICULARLY DEMANDING FOR THE APRILIA RACING TEAM RIDERS.
SEVENTH BEST TIME IN THE QUALIFIERS PUSHES SYLVAIN GUINTOLI, RANKING LEADER IN THE STANDINGS, TO LOOK FOR NEW SOLUTIONS IN THE SETUP FOR HIS RSV4.
TRAFFIC ON THE TRACK WITH A NEW TYRE KEPT EUGENE LAVERTY FROM SHOWING HIS FULL POTENTIAL.
Imola, 28 June 2012 – The first responses are in from the Imola circuit, the second Italian round of the World Superbike Championship. It was a demanding Friday for the Aprilia Racing Team riders, facing a very particular and demanding track in terms of setup. The choices that had allowed Laverty and Guintoli to shine during the Portimão round don't seem to suit the turns for the track on the banks of the Santerno, so the two teams have been busy adapting the number 50 and number 68 RSV4s to the characteristics of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Racetrack.
The weather has been cooperating despite the forecast for rain and threatening clouds, both sessions were held today on a dry track that was consistently improving, as the qualifying times clearly demonstrate. Tomorrow and Sunday the sun should raise the air temperature at Imola as high as the fans' expectations here at the Italian circuit.
Sylvain Guintoli, seventh in the afternoon qualifiers after the fifth best time in the free practice sessions, has put together a tight testing schedule with his mechanics for tomorrow with the goal of improving his race pace. The French rider has shown that he is comfortable at Imola and he will certainly be aiming to stay in the lead pack for the races on Sunday.
Sylvain Guintoli: "In the two sessions today we worked a lot to try and find new solutions. It looks like we'll have to use a completely different setup than the one we used in Portimão because Imola is a very particular track, where being precise and managing the power of the RSV4 becomes fundamental. The weather helped us since it didn't rain and we have a lot of tests scheduled for tomorrow so we'll be ready for the races on Sunday".
Eugene Laverty's pace is definitely better than the ninth best time he put on the boards during qualifiers would indicate. The fundamental problem for the Northern Irishman was traffic on the track which he encountered on three laps in a row on a new tyre while attempting to test out changes made to his RSV4. Realistically Eugene admits that he still needs to shave of a few tenths in order to compete at the same level as the other riders who demonstrated more speed during this first day of sessions, but the prospects for tomorrow far exceed the disappointment in today's result.
Eugene Laverty: "Today certainly wasn't a fantastic day for us. When I went out with a new tyre I ran into traffic three laps in a row, so fortunately what we see on paper today from the qualifiers is not our limit. I'm not disappointed, but a bit frustrated. I still need to shave a bit more off my times to be at the same level as Sykes and Rea who were quite fast today. I don't want to be dramatic about it, but we'll have a lot of work to do tomorrow".
In the meantime, in the Imola paddock the echo of the ART (Aprilia Racing Technology) undertaking can be heard, the CRT category bike ridden by Spaniard Aleix Espargaro which, during the MotoGP qualifiers at the Dutch track of Assen, put the seventh best time on the board, just a few hundredths from the second row, leaving various MotoGP prototypes behind. This performance was also repeated by the other Team Power Electronics Aspar standard bearer, Randy de Puniet, who took the ninth spot on the starting grid. Gigi Dall'Igna, Aprilia Racing Technical and Sport Director, commented with satisfaction: “The result from Holland was a great team effort. Both Espargaro and De Puniet confirmed the quality of the ART package. This is a project that embodies all the perfection of the Aprilia Racing mission, which is to provide top level racing technology, even to the point of being able to compete with absolute prototypes like MotoGP bikes. Results like this confirm the value of the experience Aprilia Racing has acquired in recent years competing with extremely high performance 4-stroke engines - years marked by the four SBK championships we've won”.
Sheridan seventh with more to come
PTR HONDA'S Sheridan Morais provisionally qualified a solid seventh at Imola in Italy ahead of Sunday's seventh round of the World Supersport Championship.
The South African is just over half a second away from a front row start and is confident he can improve in final qualifying tomorrow. Sheridan said: "We are not far from the front row and that is our target for Saturday. I can find time with my own riding and the bike can help me as well, so we are confident.
Luca Marconi was consistent and 13th is a just reward for the Italian at his home round. He is just over 1/10th of a second from 10th so he will be trying hard tomorrow to improve.
David Linortner in 16th is getting to grips with the tricky Imola circuit on his first visit to the track. His first day pace bodes well for the rest of the weekend.
Nacho Calero and Matt Davies are in 30th and 31st positions after crashes in the morning session. Both are expected to jump up the time sheets in final qualifying tomorrow afternoon, before the race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday, June 29th.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Sheridan did a good run of laps and we need to find about half a second a lap in race pace to be in contention. We lost a little bit of time in the first session with a technical problem. We know where to improve and things are looking positive for tomorrow.
"Luca continues to impress. He did consistent fast laps on his own, putting him in a better position in qualifying and to challenge for a top 10 finish.
"David never having ridden here at such a technical track with many corners and undulations is doing well. He is and should be positive going into tomorrow's sessions."
"Nacho and Matt both crashed in the morning and need to build their confidence. The bike settings are good and the largest amount of improvement needs to come from them."
28th On Provisional Supersport Grid For Schacht In Imola
Alex Schacht from Denmark took his Racing Team Toth Honda to 28th on the grid ahead of Sunday’s 7th round of the World Superbike championship at Imola this afternoon.
Having had a few technical problems in the opening session, the likeable youngster looked much more comfortable this afternoon and after using a different strategy is confident of further advancements tomorrow.
Alex Schacht: “This afternoon was much better. Last year here when I rode in the Superstock class I didn’t really enjoy the circuit but today I have a lot of confidence and I am enjoying riding the bike. We had a few small problems with electronics this morning and we don’t have all of our mechanics with us but my dad and the guys helping this weekend are doing a great job.”
Kennedy Learns Fast On First Day At Imola
Jack Kennedy powered his Rivamoto Honda to 9th position and the provisional 3rd row in the opening qualifying session for round 7 of the World Supersport championship at Imola this afternoon.
The Dublin based rider who has never ridden at the historic Italian circuit once again proved his talent by ending this morning’s free practice in an encouraging 8th position overall, backing it up with an impressive penultimate lap charge on a new tyre to slot back into the top ten at the end of qualifying.
The Rivamoto team took less than 75 seconds to change tyres and with only 8 minutes left, Jack headed back onto the track. Instantly quicker than his previous best, it looked as though the top 6 was possible until half way around his final lap he caught some slower traffic which halted his upward charge.
As Jack continues to familiarise himself with the undulating nature of the Imola circuit and with less than 0.1 seconds separating Kennedy from the 2nd row, both he and the team are optimistic of further improvement tomorrow.
Rivamoto’s other rider Edik Blokhin improved throughout the qualifying session and was unlucky to just miss out on the qualifying limit.
Jack Kennedy – 9th position: “What a great first day. The team have done a great job, they have worked a lot of hours to get us ready and able to fight for this position so full credit to them. I have really clicked with Imola and I am enjoying riding the Rivamoto Honda here. We went the right way with set-up which has helped. We will try a couple of things in free practice tomorrow and fight to improve in final qualifying.”
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “I am a little disappointed for Edik as he was so close on his final lap. He has the speed to make it into the race and he showed this at the end, so we need to work with him to get him up to speed earlier in the session. On the other hand, Jack has done a great job once again. To come to another new track and be easily inside the top ten is impressive. As a team we have come here with something new, so we treat this morning a little like a test. You aren’t normally quick when you start with something new so this gives the whole team encouragement that we won’t be left behind on the development front. It’s a little frustrating that he got caught up with traffic but we know there is more to come tomorrow.
Davies Takes Tumble On Day 1 In Imola
PTR Honda’s Matt Davies took a tumble after 4 laps in the opening free practice session ahead of the 7th round of the World Supersport championship in Imola this morning but was still able qualify in a provisional 31st position on the grid this afternoon.
The youngster clipped a kerb at the iconic Imola circuit, before sliding between the air fence and a wall, thankfully without serious injury.
In the first official qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s race, the 17 year old from Australia improved throughout, but a sore Davies would eventually finish 31st but is confident of finding a chunk of time tomorrow.
Provisional grid position: 31st
Imola, first day, set up and new Solutions for Rolfo and Iddon
Imola, 28th June 2013
Day searching the right set up for Rolfo and Iddon on the MV F3 675 of the ParkinGO MV Agusta Team, on their debut at the Italian circuit of Imola in the World Supersport Championship.
Rolfo and Iddon have finished free practice in 21st and 26th position respectively.
On qualifying both ParkinGO riders have improved their performance from the morning session.
Roberto Rolfo has finished 14th best while Christian Iddon is slowly getting better finishing 22nd provisional place on the grid.
Roberto Rolfo (21st – 14th)
This morning during free practice I wasn’t too comfortable with the bike specially changing directions; but I have worked on it with my chief mechanic Filippo Burgatti and things were better in the afternoon.
At the end, even though we still got a bit to do, the bike and the initial feeling is very good. Tomorrow we will improve.
Christian Iddon (26th – 22nd)
We have tried a few new things. At the end the position is not great but not too bad considering I haven’t ridden much in this circuit and looking at my ideal time that places me in 15th position.
Imola is a new circuit for me and I still have to get used it; for tomorrow we are ready for another step forward.
Van der Mark and Zanetti well-poised in Italy
Michael van der Mark and his Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti were both on the pace in today’s first qualifying session for the seventh-round World Supersport championship race to be held at Imola in Italy on Sunday.
Despite crashing early in this morning’s free practice session, Van der Mark recovered to lap the iconic 4.936km Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in a time of 1m52.083s, setting the third fastest time this afternoon and taking a provisional front row position.
Local rider Zanetti, meanwhile, was less than two tenths of a second off his Dutch colleague’s time and heads the provisional second row of the grid, as series leader Sam Lowes set today’s fastest time.
Michael van der Mark – P3, 1m52.083s
The start this morning was stupid and I made an amateur’s mistake. I’d like to apologise to the team, as well, because I actually destroyed the bike so they had to build a new one for this afternoon. It was OK this afternoon and I was able to go quite fast in the last few laps with a new tyre. I’m happy that I was able to repay the guys with that because they weren’t very happy with me this morning! I’m looking forward to tomorrow because we have some changes planned, which I hope will work as well as the changes we made today.
Lorenzo Zanetti – P4, 1m52.259s
Today I was able to forget the problems at Portimao, erase those memories and start again. I had a good feeling on the bike and, of course, I like the circuit. It felt immediately good this morning and I got into a good rhythm. I was on an old tyre today and didn’t improve my time so much, but it was important to work together with the team. Now I have confidence to work on the race setting with a smile on my face and we’ll try to continue this way tomorrow. We’ll try some changes and go for a race simulation to decide which tyre to use for Sunday.
Pieter Breddels – technical coordinatr
It’s an immediate advantage for Lorenzo to be at an Italian round and he was competitive from the start today with all the woes from Portimao gone. He’s happy and is just behind his team-mate so it’s looking good for him. Michael was a bit enthusiastic this morning and crashed and luckily he wasn’t hurt. He lost of time in that free practice session but, in the end, it didn’t matter because he got third. It’s been a good day for the Supersport team and we’ll hope for another one tomorrow.
Sykes tops the timesheets in Day 1
Imola (Italy), Friday 28 June 2013 – In the opening day of Round 7 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) managed to steal the show by placing himself on top in Qualifying 1 after the 1st place achieved in late morning's free practice. Last year's runner up set a 1'47.218 seconds lap-time in his penultimate attempt to edge a competitive Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), who did a good job… (read more)
Times: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'47.218 average 165.733 kph; 2. Rea (Honda) 1'47.330; 3. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 1'47.619; 4. Badovini (Ducati) 1'47.674; 5. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'47.704; 6. Melandri (BMW) 1'47.788; 7. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'47.878; 8. Camier (Suzuki) 1'48.147; 9. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'48.316; 10. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'48.668; 11. Davies (BMW) 1'48.697; 12. Checa (Ducati) 1'48.721; 13. Haslam (Honda) 1'48.725; 14. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1'49.150; 15. Neukirchner (Ducati) 1'49.194; 16. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1'49.987; 17. Haga (BMW) 1'51.680; 18. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'52.268; 19. Lundh (Kawasaki) 1'52.471.
World Supersport – Sam Lowes dominates the field
Championship leader Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) has set the pace in today's Qualifying 1, topping the timesheets courtesy of a 1'51.104 seconds lap-time, already the new Best Lap. The young Brit was already on the lead in the closing stages, but decided to push for an even quicker time… (read more)
Times: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 1'51.104 average 159.937 kph; 2. Russo (Kawasaki) 1'51.826; 3. Vd Mark (Honda) 1'52.083; 4. Zanetti (Honda) 1'52.259; 5. Scassa (Kawasaki) 1'52.365; 6. Ivanov (Kawasaki) 1'52.713; 7. Morais (Honda) 1'52.716; 8. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'52.777; 9. Kennedy (Honda) 1'52.785; 10. Antonelli (Kawasaki) 1'52.867; etc.
Superstock 1000 – Perfect lap for Niccolò Canepa
Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati) has put in an incredible 1'50.338 seconds lap-time to secure provisional pole-position over team mate Eddi La Marra after Qualifying 1. The young but experienced rider from Genova was the only one able to lap within the 1'50s, showing an outstanding… (read more)
Times: 1. Canepa (Ducati) 1'50.338 average 161.047 kph; 2. La Marra (Ducati) 1'51.153; 3. Barrier (BMW) 1'51.169; 4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 1'51.599; 5. Jezek (Ducati) 1'51.649; 6. Savadori (Kawasaki) 1'52.254; 7. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 1'52.475; 8. Bussolotti (BMW) 1'53.020; 9. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'53.070; 10. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'53.087; etc.
Superstock 600 – Nocco leads the way
The first qualifying session for the Superstock 600 European Championship saw the San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki duo of Alessandro Nocco and Franco Morbidelli – race winner last time out at Portimao - leading the timesheets under the cloudy skies of Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari… (read more)
Times: 1. Nocco (Kawasaki) 1'54.299 average 155.466 kph; 2. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 1'54.377; 3. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 1'54.850; 4. Coveña (Kawasaki) 1'54.876; 5. Morrentino (Yamaha) 1'55.173; 6. Salvadori (Yamaha) 1'55.427; 7. Mercandelli (Yamaha) 1'55.641; 8. Casalotti (Yamaha) 1'55.703; 9. Chesaux (Honda) 1'55.703; 10. Tuuli (Yamaha) 1'55.749; etc.
European Junior Cup – Free Practice
Times: 1. Raymond (Honda) 2'15.224 average 131.409 kph; 2. Bodis (Honda) 2'15.828; 3. Manfredi (Honda) 2'15.919; 4. Canducci (Honda) 2'16.105; 5. Sebestyen (Honda) 2'16.159; 6. Orellana (Honda) 2'16.177; 7. Harland (Honda) 2'16.270; 8. Flitcroft (Honda) 2'16.702; 9. Fernandez (Honda) 2'16.895; 10. Anne (Honda) 2'16.944; etc.