2010 Monza WSBK QP1 Result - Crutchlow Takes A Tighter Grip During Qualifying

Cal Crutchlow once again topped the timesheets at Monza, taking provisional pole for Sunday's World Superbike races. This time, though, the Sterilgarda Yamaha rider didn't wait until the last minute to take top spot, and was fast from much earlier in the session. HANNSPree Ten Kate's Johnny Rea was 2nd quickest in the qualifying session, finishing comfortably ahead of Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio. Troy Corser confirmed the progress that the BMW Motorrad team has made, setting the 4th quickest time on the BMW S1000RR, just ahead of the current championship leader, Leon Haslam.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.577  
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.789 0.212
3 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'45.134 0.557
4 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'45.234 0.657
5 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'45.303 0.726
6 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'45.542 0.965
7 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'45.592 1.015
8 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'45.603 1.026
9 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.019 1.442
10 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'46.111 1.534
11 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.170 1.593
12 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.216 1.639
13 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.402 1.825
14 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'46.413 1.836
15 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'46.451 1.874
16 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'46.588 2.011
17 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'46.756 2.179
18 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'47.466 2.889
19 71 D. Sakai Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'47.922 3.345
20 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'48.041 3.464
21 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'48.191 3.614
22 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.254 3.677
23 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.217 4.640
24 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.958 5.381
2010
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Comments

2-3 seconds off the pace? Has Ducati Corsa stopped supplying them wtith the good oil? Has the factory team gotten tired of being shown up?

And poor Haga.. he's turned into the least inspiring Ducati pilot since Marco Melandri.

Prior to the season starting I wondered how much emotionally his battles with Spies took out of him last year. I mean he was up by a nice margin only to see it slip away in what many thought was "his year". I felt like maybe he had put that notion to rest in Valenica but I have to wonder how strong his motivation to win is this year. Maybe it's just the bike and the team not being able to get a good setup but I think it just may have at least a little to do with what's between his ears.