2010 Imola WSBK FP1 Result - The Althea Ducatis Take Charge

The Althea Ducati combination Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne kicked off the Imola World Superbike round by controlling the top of the timesheets for most of the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class. Only a brief interruption by Kawasaki's Tom Sykes kept Checa and Byrne from dominating. Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio made it a Ducati 1-2-3, while Ten Kate's Johnny Rea put his Hannspree Honda into 4th. The first blow in the title race was struck by Max Biaggi, who went 0.13 seconds faster than the only man who can stop him from winning his first WSBK crown, Leon Haslam. But with Biaggi in 9th and Haslam in 11th, both the Aprilia and Suzuki man have plenty of work to do.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'49.070  
2 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'49.155 0.085
3 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'49.364 0.294
4 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.434 0.364
5 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.554 0.484
6 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.608 0.538
7 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'49.674 0.604
8 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'49.829 0.759
9 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.846 0.776
10 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'49.865 0.795
11 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.964 0.894
12 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'50.179 1.109
13 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.189 1.119
14 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.282 1.212
15 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'50.709 1.639
16 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.794 1.724
17 96 J. Smrz Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'51.006 1.936
18 90 F. Sandi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'52.605 3.535
19 33 F. Lai Honda CBR1000RR 1'53.015 3.945
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'53.022 3.952
21 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'53.537 4.467
22 5 I. Lowry Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'54.094 5.024
Round Number: 
12
2010
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Comments

I find it peculiar how Sykes can put those kind of lap times with the Kawa.