World Superbike Miller Friday

May 29, 2009
Chris McNeil
Miller Motorsports Park Friday Qualifying Session

Fifteen laps into the World Superbike First Qualifying Session in Salt Lake City and the American favorite Ben Spies sat in a disappointing 11th while the reigning track champion Carlos Checa held the quickest time, followed closely by Yukio Kagayama and Ryuichi Kiyonari. The Texan then clocked an impressive 1’50.070 on his Yamaha YZF R1 to jump into the provisional pole spot with Aprilia’s Max Biaggi and Ducati privateer Jakob Smrz slipping into second and third respectively. Checa then redoubled his efforts, taking back second with a lap of 1’50.144, but it was Biaggi who had the final word. On his 25th lap, the RSV4 riding Roman became the first to breach the 1’50 mark with a time of 1’49.820. The following lap Spies also broke the barrier but could not unseat the Aprilia with 1’49.901. The Czech rider Smrz kept fourth while Michel Fabrizio got up to speed an on his 21 lap to knock American Jamie Hacking out of fifth in the last few minutes. Championship points leader Noriyuki Haga remained outside the provisional front two rows in 11th. Neither the best race lap (1’49.703) nor superpole time (1’48.193) records set by Carlos Checa at Miller Motorsports Park in 2008 were broken.

World Superbike – Miller Qualifying, First Session:

Max Biaggi must be fond of fifth-place  after take two more for the weekend in South Africa. The Italian commented  Compared to November  the RSV4 has grown quite a bit  but the competition here in Superbike is merciless.
This isn’t the first time that Max Biaggi has shown the new Aprilia RSV4 is a pace setting piece of machinery.

1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia RSV4 Factory) – 1’49.820
2. Ben Spies (Yamaha YZF R1) – 1’49.901
3. Carlos Checa (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’50.144
4. Jakob Smrz (Ducati 1098R) – 1’50.282
5. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati 1098R) – 1’50.457
6. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki ZX 10R) – 1’50.466
7. Shane Byrne (Ducati 1098R) – 1’50.512
8. Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9) – 1’50.556
9. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’50.701
10. Jonathan Rea (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’50.740
11. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati 1098R) – 1’50.755
12. Karl Muggeridge (Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9) – 1’50.757
13. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki ZX 10R) – 1’50.961
14. Troy Corser (BMW S1000RR) – 1’51.002
15. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati 1098R) – 1’51.046
16. Jake Zemke (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’51.072
17. Ruben Xaus (BMW S1000RR) – 1’51.216
18. Shinya Nakano (Aprilia RSV4 Factory) – 1’51.228
19. Tom Sykes (Yamaha YZF R1) – 1’51.387
20. Leon Haslam (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’51.389

Miller Motorsports Park Free Practice Friday

The first free practice session of World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park saw the top five riders separated by less than a tenth of a second. Yukio Kagayama carried his positive momentum from South Africa with the fastest lap in the paddock, followed by the returning BMW veteran Troy Corser, and the last all-around Miller World Superbike winner Carlos Checa. A whisker away from the Spaniard was American rider Ben Spies, maintaining his usual fast form. The last rider under the 1’51.3 mark was Ryuichi Kiyonari, who appears to be making good on his promise to get back to the front of the pack after a disappointing run in Kyalami. Four-tenths behind the front pack were the two Championship leading Ducati factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio. American wild-card Jamie Hacking also powered his Kawasaki to a notable top ten finish.

Suzukis Yukio Kagayama took fourth well ahead of Hannspree Ten Kate Hondas Jonathan Rea.
Having finished 12th and 13th at the last round in Kyalami, South Africa, Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama looks to be on his way to redeeming himself with a stronger showing at Miller.

World Superbike – Miller Free Practice, First Session:

1. Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki GSX-R 100 K9) – 1’51.356
2. Troy Corser (BMW S1000RR) – 1’51.360
3. Carlos Checa (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’51.374
4. Ben Spies (Yamaha YZF R1) – 1’51.378
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’51.387
6. Shane Byrne (Ducati 1098R) – 1’51.473
7. Luca Scassa ( Kawasaki ZX 10R) – 1’51.705
8. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati 1098R) – 1’51.799
9. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati 1098R) – 1’51.836
10. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki ZX 10R) – 1’51.865
11. Jakob Smrz (Ducati 1098R) – 1’51.953
12. Max Biaggi (Aprilia RSV4) – 1’51.989
13. Jonathan Rea (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’52.004
14. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki ZX 10R) – 1’52.026
15. Karl Muggeridge (Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9) – 1’52.351
16. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati 1098R) – 1’52.486
17. Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9) – 1’52.562
18. Leon Haslam (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’52.609
19. Jake Zemke (Honda CBR1000RR) – 1’52.624
20 Ruben Xaus (BMW S1000RR) – 1’52.696

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