2011 Magny-Cours World Superbike QP1 Result: Checa Edges Laverty And Guintoli

Carlos Checa continues to top the timesheets in the World Superbike class at Magny-Cours, the Althea Ducati rider taking provisional pole at the end of the first session of qualifying. But Checa's margin is very slim indeed: the Spaniard finished a mere twelve thousandths of a second faster than Yamaha's Eugene Laverty, and just under nine hundredths quicker than 3rd place man Sylvain Guintoli on the Effenbert Liberty Ducati, the Frenchman finding an extra turn of pace at his home round.

The gaps are minimal throughout the sadly depleted field - Max Biaggi is sitting out the weekend once again as his broken foot heals, while Ruben Xaus was forced to skip the first session of qualifying after crashing and injuring his neck. The top 16 are covered by less than a second, and while Marco Melandri's provisional grid position is pretty poor - the only man capable of preventing Checa from taking the title this weekend set the 14th fastest time on Friday afternoon - his time is only two-thirds of a second slower than Checa's.

There is still all to play for, however. The 16 riders due to go through to Superpole will be decided after the second qualifying session tomorrow morning, and the final grid is to be determined during Superpole on Saturday afternoon.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'38.652  
2 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.664 0.012
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'38.741 0.089
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.860 0.208
5 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'38.942 0.290
6 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.957 0.305
7 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'38.977 0.325
8 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.019 0.367
9 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'39.025 0.373
10 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.063 0.411
11 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'39.196 0.544
12 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.220 0.568
13 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'39.309 0.657
14 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.333 0.681
15 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.504 0.852
16 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.587 0.935
17 112 J. FORES BMW S1000 RR 1'39.705 1.053
18 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.982 1.330

 

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Comments

what Kawasaki did or Sykes' team found in setup to make them pretty competitive since that rain win. Either way it's good to see a green bike in the mix.

If i remember correctly, Sykes was pretty strong in practice and qualifying all season long. Tire wear is where they suffer. They aren't able to prevent the bike from destroying the tires, so the Kawas go backwards during the races.
Melandri said recently that the way Checa was able to preserve his tires was his big advantage, and that Checa was able to use the softer tires more often.
The four cylinders are apparently much harder on the tires, and the Kawa (and BMW) especially so.
I really hope they get that sorted, and are able to make the tires last the full race distance.