Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brno WSBK: Checa leads the pack into Superpole

Checa is still in charge and a quarter of a second up

By David Miller
Image by Paul Sturman

Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa has stayed at the top of the World Superbike timesheets at Brno this morning with his time from yesterday as the leading three riders failed to go quicker in the second qualifying session while Max Biaggi three-tenths to put himself onto the outside of the front row.

Checa’s 1’59.322 remains the time to beat with Jakub Smrz and Marco Melandri alongside him while the second works Yamaha of Eugene Laverty now finds himself on the second row with Michel Fabrizio, who also went faster this morning, in front of him.

Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga found half a second to secure seventh place while Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam could go no faster and are bumped down to eighth and ninth. Leon Camier, on the second Alitalia-backed bike, went substantially quicker but only jumped up one place to tenth.

Sylvain Guintoli, Ayrton Badovini, Maxine Berger, Matteo Baiocci and Loreno Lanzi, who is standing in for James Toseland, round out the top 15 while Alex Lowes, replacing Jonathan Rea, did go faster today but is still in 21st and didn’t make Superpole.

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