2010 Imola WSBK QP1 Result - Checa Retains Control, Rea And Haslam Challenge

Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa continues to head the World Superbike field at Imola, taking provisional pole with a lap eight tenths of a second under the race lap record held by Noriyuki Haga. While Checa led a bevy of Ducatis during FP1, this afternoon the Spaniard found a couple four-cylinder interlopers on his tail, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea taking 2nd spot ahead of Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam. The Ducati Armada followed the Brits, with the Xerox Ducatis of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio ending ahead of Shane Byrne.

Leon Haslam's dramatic improvement leaves championship leader Max Biaggi with a lot of work to do: While Haslam slashed 1.3 seconds off his earlier time, Biaggi could only get another two tenths out of his Alitalia Aprilia, leaving the Italian in lowly 14th position. Final qualifying positions will only be settled during Saturday afternoon's Superpole session, but it will be busy in the Aprilia garage tonight.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'48.178  
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.558 0.380
3 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.621 0.443
4 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'48.660 0.482
5 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'48.667 0.489
6 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'48.752 0.574
7 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.813 0.635
8 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'48.851 0.673
9 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'48.970 0.792
10 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'49.224 1.046
11 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'49.275 1.097
12 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.528 1.350
13 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.560 1.382
14 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.613 1.435
15 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.622 1.444
16 96 J. Smrz Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.659 1.481
17 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'49.776 1.598
18 90 F. Sandi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'51.641 3.463
19 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'52.106 3.928
20 33 F. Lai Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.200 4.022
21 5 I. Lowry Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'52.248 4.070
22 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'52.315 4.137
Round Number: 
12
2010
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Comments

aprilia did quite well at imola last year and who can forget simoncelli's pass on biaggi. i have a feeling biaggi will pick up the pace plenty by the time it actually matters...

that being said i like close championships so lets go Leon and checa!

that was a good race last year, I'm hoping for more of the same Sunday