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2009 World Superbikes Misano QP1 Result - Fabrizio Tops Spies In Last Minute

Michel Fabrizio sits on provisional pole for Sunday's World Superbike races, after the Xerox Ducati rider nudged Yamaha's Ben Spies from the top spot in the dying minutes of the session. Spies had taken over in turn from Fabrizio's team mate Nori Haga as the session approached the halfway mark, and led almost to the end.

Yukio Kagayama set the 3rd fastest time on the Alstare Suzuki, the Japanese veteran also picking up speed as the session neared its end. Johnny Rea takes the final spot on the provisional front row, getting back to the front with just a couple of minutes to go, after having been close for most of the session.

Rea knocked an unleashed Broc Parkes off the front row, the Kawasaki rider finally showing some real speed. Parkes was up as high as 3rd fastest at one point, before just losing out on the provisional front row. The Ten Kate Hondas of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa are in 6th and 7th, with Nori Haga down in 8th.

BMW's Troy Corser was well up the order in the early part of the session, slipping down into 10th later on. The BMW finished ahead of the Aprilia of Shinya Nakano, with Nakano's team mate Max Biaggi in a lowly 16th place.

American rider Jamie Hacking just made it into the top 20, provisionally qualifying for tomorrow's Superpole, while John Hopkins, returning from injury, took it carefully to finish the day down in 26th.

Qualifying continues tomorrow morning, from which the top 20 riders will go through to the knock-out Superpole sessions.

Result of QP1 for the World Superbikes at Misano:

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2009 World Supersport Misano FP1 Result - Crutchlow Leads Lascorz

Cal Crutchlow was the fastest of the World Supersport riders in the first session of free practice at Misano, the young Briton learning his way around the track very quickly. He put his Yamaha ahead of the Glaner Motocard Kawasaki of Joan Lascorz, the Spaniard having been fast all throughout the session.

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2009 World Superbikes Misano FP1 Result - Spies Edges Fabrizio And Rea

Ben Spies led the first session of free practice at Misano for the World Superbike class, but he took his time to get there. The Ten Kate Honda riders led the way early, all three sitting atop the timesheets at the halfway mark, but Michel Fabrizio, Nori Haga and Ben Spies gradually caught up. Spies finally took top spot at the end of the session, with a couple of very fast laps.

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2009 World Supersport Miller Race Result - Controversial Last-Lap Pass Decides Close Race

Race result of the World Supersport race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, USA:

Kenan Sofuoglu put a very harsh move on Eugene Laverty on the last lap to take the win. It is unknown at this time whether the result will stand.

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2009 World Superbikes Miller Superpole - Surprise Surprise?

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Ben Spies was fastest at the start, going out and setting two fast laps from the off. Fabrizio followed Spies example, but was forced out of 2nd by Jakub Smrz with 3 minutes left. With just a few seconds of the session left, Jamie Hacking put in a blistering lap to take provisional pole. Shane Byrne crashed early, but had already set a fast enough lap to qualify, though he had to run back to the pits to get back on a bike.

Meanwhile, in the distance, thunderstorms are brewing, and lightning can be seen in the distance.

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2009 World Supersport Miller Qualifying Practice Result - Lascorz Edges Laverty For Pole

Joan Lascorz took pole for tomorrow's World Supersport race at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. The Spanish Glaner Motocard Kawasaki rider was the fastest rider almost from the get go, and despite the session being halted at the start after Andrew Pitt crashed. Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty swapped places for 2nd, the Parkalgar Honda rider coming out on top with 4 minutes to go, and getting within 8/100ths of Lascorz' time. This leaves Crutchlow in 3rd spot, with beside him the BE1 Triumph of Gianluca Nannelli, the Italian showing a surprising turn of speed at Miller.

It was a bad day for Ten Kate, as Kenan Sofuoglu struggled to a 6th place finish, while team mate Andrew Pitt crashed heavily at the start of the session, and did not rejoin. Pitt is believed not to have been seriously hurt in the incident.

Good and bad news for the women competitors: Melissa Paris qualified comfortably in 27th, and will start with two male competitors behind her. Paris improved her times in every session, closing the gap to the fastest riders by nearly 2 seconds over 4 sessions. Canadian rider Marie-Josee Boucher was less fortunate, missing out on qualifying by just over a second. But Boucher, too, closed the gap over the sessions, getting 1.7 seconds back on the fastest riders.

Results of qualifying for the World Supersport class at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah, USA:

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2009 World Supersport Miller FP2 Result - Lascorz Takes It At The Death

The second session of free practice for the World Supersport class at Miller Motorsports Park saw the same names at the top of the timesheets, with one addition: Andrew Pitt, Kenan Sofuoglu's Ten Kate Honda team mate, found the missing tenths to take him up among the earlier session's five fastest riders. At first, it looked like BE1 Triumph's Garry McCoy would be added to that illustrious list, but McCoy was soon gapped by the top men once again, and normal order restored.

So the fastest time was once again disputed by Joan Lascorz, Eugene Laverty, Cal Crutchlow, Fabien Foret, Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt. Laverty made the early running, displaced from 1st with half an hour to go by Kenan Sofuoglu. As the session wound down, Sofuoglu was in turn deposed by Yamaha's Fabien Foret, but Foret's lead wouldn't last either, as with 8 minutes to go, Eugene Laverty once again put his Parkalgar Honda atop the timesheets.

Laverty seemed to have the top time sewn up, but as the flag fell for the end of the session, Joan Lascorz put in a last gasp attempt on his Glaner Motocard Kawasaki, and snatched the top spot from Laverty, pushing the Irishman down into 2nd place. Laverty leads Fabien Foret, and the Hondas of Sofuoglu and Pitt, with Cal Crutchlow down in 6th. Pitt is under half a second from the leader Lascorz, with Crutchlow a tenth behind Pitt, while the 7th place man Mark Aitchison is already nearly a second behind the Spaniard Lascorz.

At the back of the field, Melissa Paris was easily inside the qualifying limit, getting up to speed much faster in this second session of free practice than during the first session. Fellow female rider Marie-Josee Boucher continued to struggle, still over 2 seconds outside of the qualifying cut off. Hopefully, changes made overnight will find the speed she is missing.

Practice continues tomorrow morning, with qualifying due to take place tomorrow afternoon.

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2009 World Superbikes Miller FP2 Result - Biaggi Ousts Spies In Dying Seconds

Max Biaggi topped the first session of qualifying practice at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah this afternoon, but the Aprilia rider only took the top spot in the dying seconds of the session. Before that Biaggi had been loitering in the lower regions of the top 10, and not looking like troubling the leaders, but in the final seconds, Biaggi found a fast lap from somewhere to take provisional pole.

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2009 World Supersport Miller FP1 Result - Crutchlow Tops The Sheets In The Dying Minutes

The World Supersport field spent their first session at the Miller track learning their way around, and the times showed it. Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu, who's been here before, took advantage of his track knowledge to grab an early lead, but the rest of the fast five - Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz, Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty, and the Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Fabien Foret - quickly caught up and swapped the lead. Crutchlow ended the day on top, setting his fastest lap in the final minutes of practice, ahead of Joan Lascorz in 2nd and Kenan Sofuoglu in 3rd.

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2009 World Superbikes Miller FP1 Result - Kagayama Tops Very Close Field

Yukio Kagayama topped the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, taking the top spot from Carlos Checa with a minute to go. Checa had led for the second half of the session, taking over from Ben Spies, who had made the early running. Troy Corser put in a last minute effort to take 2nd spot, forcing Checa down to 3rd and leaving Spies in 4th.

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