2011 Brno World Superbike QP1 Result: Checa Takes Provisional Pole

The perception that the Ducatis would suffer at the horsepower-hungry Brno circuit has been confounded on Friday, with Carlos Checa taking provisional pole in the afternoon's first session of qualifying. The Althea Ducati rider was a quarter of a second faster than Jakub Smrz, the Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider having set the fastest time in this morning's free practice session. A pair of Yamahas followed the Ducatis, Marco Melandri well ahead of his teammate Eugene Laverty, while Alitalia Aprilia riderMax Biaggi ended the day as 5th fastest. 

BMW Italia's James Toseland withdrew from the round after trying the bike in FP1. Toseland is still recovering from a wrist injury sustained during testing, and is fighting to be fit for his home WSBK round at Silverstone later this month.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'59.322  
2 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'59.585 0.263
3 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.653 0.331
4 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.906 0.584
5 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.940 0.618
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.154 0.832
7 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'00.164 0.842
8 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.196 0.874
9 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'00.310 0.988
10 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.348 1.026
11 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.440 1.118
12 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'00.463 1.141
13 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.494 1.172
14 57 L. LANZI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.580 1.258
15 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.604 1.282
16 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.681 1.359
17 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.793 1.471
18 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati 1098R 2'00.970 1.648
19 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.980 1.658
20 77 C. VERMEULEN Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.503 2.181
21 22 A. LOWES Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.430 3.108
22 13 V. KISPATAKI Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.831 3.509

 

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Horsepower deficits are never as problematic during practice as in races. The problems will be in the race, to 1. Overtake, and 2. Not be overtaken.