2010 Nurburgring WSBK FP1 Result - Biaggi Edges The Ducati Hordes

The two days of practice that the Ducati team had at Mugello earlier this week appears to have paid off, and not just for Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga. The top of the timesheets was awash with Ducatis during the first session of free practice at the Nurburgring, with four of them in the top five positions. But it was not a Ducati in the very top spot, Max Biaggi setting the fastest time on the Alitalia Aprilia, and looking in good shape to lock down the World Superbike title as the series enters its final stages. Fabrizio was 2nd fastest, and just over five hundredths off Biaggi, while Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa interposed himself between Fabrizio and Haga in 4th.

Places 5 through 8 were taken by the British contingent. Althea Ducati's Shane Byrne was the fastest Brit, ahead of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea and Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow in 7th. Championship contender Leon Haslam could only manage the 8th fastest time on the Alstare Suzuki, nearly two thirds of a second slower than Biaggi.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.571  
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'56.626 0.055
3 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'56.699 0.128
4 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'56.897 0.326
5 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'56.967 0.396
6 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.973 0.402
7 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.083 0.512
8 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.225 0.654
9 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'57.250 0.679
10 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'57.413 0.842
11 96 J. Smrz Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.418 0.847
12 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.728 1.157
13 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'57.745 1.174
14 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.831 1.260
15 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'57.835 1.264
16 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.919 1.348
17 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'58.097 1.526
18 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.542 1.971
19 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'59.551 2.980
20 5 I. Lowry Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'59.784 3.213
21 33 F. Lai Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.916 4.345
22 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'01.990 5.419
Round Number: 
11
2010
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