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2009 WSBK Valencia QP2 Result - Spies Edges Laconi For Provisional Pole

Ben Spies confirmed his form by taking provisional pole position at Valencia this morning, putting him in prime position for Superpole this afternoon. But Spies took top spot by just a fraction, Regis Laconi getting his DFX Corse Ducati to within 5/1000ths of a second of Spies' Yamaha, and pushing Max Biaggi's Aprilia down to third.

The session was a difficult one for the Aprilias, with Shinya Nakano's Aprilia blowing a seal and spewing oil all over the track, causing the session to be red flagged briefly to clean it up. Even worse for Nakano, the oil on his back tire caused the Japanese rider to highside nastily, breaking his left collarbone in the process and ruling him out of the rest of the weekend. Biaggi fared little better, being sidelined twice with technical problems.

The BMWs, on the other hand, showed some signs of improving, Troy Corser jumping up to 6th place in the standings, ahead of Ducati's Noriyuki Haga, who was unable to improve his time from yesterday. 

The problem is that the times are so close that a couple of hundredths can move riders up or down the standings several places. Team Pedercini's David Salom is the first rider to be over a second behind Spies' time, but this leaves him down in 21st place, and out of Superpole. Series newcomer John Hopkins is just 0.847 off Spies, and has only just scraped into Superpole. But on a new bike and new tires, and after having ridden the bike for little more than an hour before arriving at Valencia, that's not bad going, especially as he is just over 1/10th behind his team mate Leon Haslam.

The final grid positions will be determined by this afternoon's Superpole session, scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Aggregate World Superbike result after QP2:

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2009 WSS Valencia FP2 Result - Lascorz Takes Top Spot, But Has To Work

Joan Lascorz continued his domination at Valencia during the second session of free practice. In the cool of the morning, the Spanish Kawasaki man led for much of the session, but Britain's Cal Crutchlow kept Lascorz honest, taking over the top spot for the latter part of practice. Lascorz then pulled out a record-breaking lap in the last minutes of practice to take back top spot. Lascorz finished a third of a second ahead of Crutchlow.

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2009 WSBK Valencia QP1 Result - Biaggi Edges Spies And Haga

The track had clearly warmed up for the first qualifying session of World Superbikes at Valencia, and the times dropped considerably. Not only were the times a lot different, but the timesheet was completely shook up as well. Max Biaggi topped the Friday afternoon qualifying session on the Aprilia RSV4, with Yamaha's Ben Spies having much improved his times, up from 17th in the morning session just over a tenth behind. Spies took second place by the narrowest of margins, edging out Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga by just one thousandth of a second.

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2009 WSS Valencia FP1 Results - Lascorz Dominates At Home Again

Joan Lascorz continued where he left off from last year at Valencia today, dominating in practice at the track where he won a convincing victory last year. The Lascorz was light years ahead of the rest of the field, with Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow the only rider to get within a second of the Glaner Motocard Kawasaki. Katsuaki Fujiwara's third fastest time suggests that the Kawasakis are pretty fast here at Valencia, though Lascorz is over a second faster than his team mate.

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2009 WSBK Valencia FP1 Result - Checa Takes First Blood At Home

After the Ducatis dominated the early part of the first session of free practice, they were eventually ousted by the Hondas at the end of practice. Ten Kate's Ryuichi Kiyonari was fast for much of the session, but it was Carlos Checa who eventually took top spot, ahead of the Suzuki of Yukio Kagayama and the Aprilia of Max Biaggi.

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2009 WSS Qatar QP2 Results - Crutchlow Claims Pole

If it took Superbike rookie Ben Spies just one race to claim pole, fellow Yamaha rookie Cal Crutchlow took two races to do the same in the Supersport class. The British rider will be starting from the front of the grid on Saturday, in his increasingly impressive debut season. Fellow class rookie Eugene Laverty sits alongside him, just a few hundredths of a second slower than Crutchlow. But the Parkalgar rider is comfortably ahead of the Ten Kate duo of Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt.

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2009 WSBK Qatar QP1 Result - A Texan Rampages Through The Desert

After Yamaha snatched provisional pole in the World Supersport qualifying, the factory put on a repeat in the first session of qualifying for World Superbikes. Rookie Ben Spies dominated the session, leading almost throughout, and confirming the Texan's form from Phillip Island. Ten Kate Honda have overcome their poor from from Australia, and their unhappy memories of last year, with Johnny Rea taking second place, ahead of team mate Carlos Checa in third, while Ryuichi Kiyonari, who was quick for most of the session, was eventually edged into 5th by Max Biaggi on the Aprilia.

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