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Davide Giugliano has completed a strong first day at Brno, topping free practice in the morning and then following it up with a provisional pole during the first session of qualifying in the afternoon. The Althea Ducati rider took an early lead, ceding it to BMW's Marco Melandri at the halfway mark, before taking it back with 15 minutes to go despite the rain which had spotted the track throughout. Melandri was demoted to 2nd - just, but less than a tenth of a second - finishing ahead of Eugene Laverty on the factory Aprilia and Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki.
Carlos Checa headed up a pair of Ducatis, putting the second Althea bike into 5th, ahead of Jakub Smrz, while Ayrton Badovini lead teammate Michel Fabrizio, the BMW Italia men taking 7th and 8th.
Broc Parkes sits on provisional pole after the first qualifying session for the World Supersport class at Brno. Parkes swapped top times with Sam Lowes and Jules Cluzel throughout the session, eventually coming out on top. There is very little in it, however: Lowes follows Parkes by four hundredths of a second, while Cluzel is another hundredth behind Lowes. Fabien Foret is the first Kawasaki man, nearly seven tenths slower and the last man to get within a second of Parkes' time.
Davide Giugliano has snatched the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Brno. The Althea Ducati rider led a late charge to take over from Max Biaggi, who had in turn deposed Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider having led for a large part of the session. Jakub Smrz of the troubled Liberty Ducati squad ended the session in 2nd, at his home race of the season, while Eugene Laverty just edged his factory Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi. Early leader Tom Sykes was dropped into 5th place, ahead of BMW's Marco Melandri and Giugliano's Althea teammate Carlos Checa.
World Supersport at Brno started with Fabien Foret putting in a fast time that stood for almost twenty minutes of the session, until Sam Lowes took his usual free practice spot at the top, followed by fellow Honda riders Broc Parkes and Jules Cluzel. Last weekend's entertainment, Kenan Sofuoglu, was fifth fastest.
At the second World Superbikes race weekend at Aragon, The heat of the past two days was tempered today with a cool breeze that lowered the temperature and pushed the bikes hard down the back straight into the disc-crushing hairpin. The conditions were just right to give us good, close racing.
World Superbikes at its best is close physical racing between determined riders on near-equal machinery, and race two was exactly that.
The World Supersport race was red flagged after two riders collided at the start. This would not be the only point Race Direction were required to intercede in the racing today.
A tailwind on the back straight meant teams were overgearing their bikes to take advantage of the increased top speed potential of the more powerful bikes, with Chaz Davies managing 339kmh in the morning's warm-up.
The Spanish hot weather struck Aragon again, with track temperatures starting at 37°C in the morning reaching 58°C in the afternoon.
It took a while for the Supersport riders to get started, with a huge spread across the top ten until close to the end of the session, but once they did, six riders were under the 2:03 mark.
Hot weather and a choice of tyres greeted the riders as they set out to qualify for tomorrow's two races.
Max Biaggi set an early fast lap alongside his Aprilia team mate Eugene Laverty but Tom Sykes split the pair at the flag. Marco Melandri is fastest BMW and Jonathan Rea finally puts in a decent time ahead of Leon Haslam.
The Ducatis of Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa have also gathered some pace in time for Superpole.
Sam Lowes heads to this afternoon's qualifying session with a capable setup.
Marco Melandri pips Tom Sykes by setting a new outright lap record, while Carlos Checa surprises with a provisional third place. Leon Camier beats the GoldBet BMWs but his team mate John Hopkins destroyed an engine early on and, thanks to the single bike rule, misses the opportunity to try to contest Superpole. The surprise for the morning is the resurgence of the Ducatis, especially Carlos Checa, even considering he got a podium last year.
Aragon, it would appear, is a horsepower track. To get on the front two rows today, you had to either be on a BMW, be on an Aprilia or be Tom Sykes. It also helped that the Aprilias, BMWs, Kawasakis and Suzukis tested here last weekend, with Max Biaggi being fastest after putting in 90 laps, and took the first nine provisional places. Testing works, it seems.
Biaggi, usually someone who takes his time to get up to speed, was fastest in the morning and second fastest in the afternoon, behind Marco Melandri. The Italian pair also shared wins and second places here next year, so it is easy to imagine either or both of them winning, which will consolidate Biaggi's lead in the championship, help Melandri's title challenge and push Carlos Checa, currently two seconds off the pace, into the clutches of Leon Haslam.