2009 WSBK Valencia QP1 Result - Biaggi Edges Spies And Haga

The track had clearly warmed up for the first qualifying session of World Superbikes at Valencia, and the times dropped considerably. Not only were the times a lot different, but the timesheet was completely shook up as well. Max Biaggi topped the Friday afternoon qualifying session on the Aprilia RSV4, with Yamaha's Ben Spies having much improved his times, up from 17th in the morning session just over a tenth behind. Spies took second place by the narrowest of margins, edging out Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga by just one thousandth of a second.

The front three had a comfortable margin to the rest of the field, but the difference between Michel Fabrizio's 4th place and Ryuichi Kiyonari in 10th was just over one tenth of a second. New boy John Hopkins dropped two places from the morning session, finishing qualifying in 18th. But he improved his time, and after the session, Stiggy team boss said "John started to understand the bike in this session". Hopper's 18th place would at least put him in the frame for Superpole.

The second qualifying practice session takes place tomorrow morning, with the final grid to be settled in Superpole at 3pm.

Results for the first qualifying session of practice at the Valencia World Superbike round:

13M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory1'34.775 28
219B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R11'34.9070.13218
341N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1'34.9080.13324
484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R1'35.2430.46823
566T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11'35.2700.49515
696J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R1'35.2780.50328
776M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'35.2850.51026
871Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'35.3160.54121
965J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'35.3280.55323
109R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1'35.3720.59726
1156S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory1'35.4160.64124
1255R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R1'35.4890.71426
1311T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1'35.5160.74124
1491L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'35.5350.76022
157C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR1'35.5410.76621
1623B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R1'35.6620.88720
1724B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R1'35.7550.98027
18121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR1'35.8681.09318
1967S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R1'36.0511.27622
2025D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.0861.31122
21100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.1891.41423
2231K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'36.2661.49119
23111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR1'36.4041.62921
2486A. BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.7451.97021
2599L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.7581.98327
2694D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11'36.9062.13123
2733T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'37.0412.26626
2877V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR1'37.5092.73420
2915M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'37.5412.76621
3088R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'38.2253.45011


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