2011 WSB Donington Friday Qualifying

March 25, 2011
Matt Davidson
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2010 World Superbike champion Max Biaggi nailed the fastest lap during Fridays qualifying at Donington.
2010 World Superbike champion Max Biaggi nailed the fastest lap during Friday’s qualifying at Donington.

Defending World Superbike champ, Max Biaggi, came out swinging during Friday’s qualifying at Donington. The Italian landed the fastest pace just 0.047 seconds ahead of Yamaha’s Marco Melandri to secure provisional pole heading into Round 2 of the series. Meanwhile, Ducati’s Carlos Checa earned the third quickest-time of the day with his lap of 1’29.194, which was 0.4 seconds adrift of Biaggi.

“For once even on Friday people are talking about Biaggi and Aprilia,” said Biaggi. “To be honest, we weren’t looking for the best time. As usual we are working to adapt our bike to this track. By pushing in order to verify some solutions, I obtained a comforting result and I’m pleased about that. Today we changed a lot of configurations, especially in the back, which we will be thinking over now, in order to turn up the best way possible tomorrow. I have my eye on the temperature. Here it is an important element for tire selection. You can really feel the difference even of just a few degrees, particularly in the long, fast turns.”
Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty continued his strong form by claiming fourth in the books during only his second round in the premier class. The Italian was chased by Liberty Racing’s Jakub Smrz as the Czech rider rounded out the top-five times. BMW Motorrad Motorsports’ Leon Haslam and Troy Corser both experienced solid runs from their BMW S1000RR machines after running near the top of the timesheets before being relegated to sixth and seventh, respectively. Castrol Honda’s Ruben Xaus held the eighth-best lap 0.819 seconds behind the leader, while Kawasaki Racing Team’s Joan Lascorz and Apriia’s Leon Camier rounded out the top-10 times in the chart.
PATA Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga failed to make it inside the top-10 after posting a time of 1’29.814. More than a second off the pace of Biaggi was Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes, who took 13th with his lap of 1’29.860. It was a tough start to the weekend for Castol Honda’s Jonathan Rea as the Irishman placed 16th in the order after running more than 1.5 seconds behind the leader. Meanwhile Kawasaki’s Chris Vermeulen occupied the last position more than 2.5 seconds off the pace as he returns to World Superbike after recuperating from knee surgery.
2011 World Superbike Donington Qualifying Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’28.794
2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1’28.841

Yamahas Marco Melandri was just pushed off the top of the order and claimed second-fastest on the qualifying charts 0.047 seconds behind Biaggi.
Yamaha’s Marco Melandri was just pushed off the top of the order and claimed second-fastest on the qualifying charts 0.047 seconds behind Biaggi.

3. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’29.194
4. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1’29.379
5. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’29.397
6. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’29.472
7. Troy Corser (BMW) 1’29.476
8. Ruben Xaus (Honda) 1’29.613
9. Joan Lascorz (Yamaha) 1’29.637
10. Leon Camier (Aprilia) 1’29.639
11. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1’29.814
12. Max Berger (Ducati) 1’29.851
13. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’29.860
14. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’30.008
15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1’30.169
16. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’30.348

World Supersport
After winning the opening round of the 2011 World Supersport Championship, ParkinGo Yamaha’s Luca Scassa claimed provisional pole during Friday’s qualifying session at Donington. With a lap of 1’31.232 the Italian was just 0.136 seconds faster than Honda’s Sam Lowes, who snagged runner-up status in the session. Meanwhile Kawasaki Motocard.com’s Broc Parkes rounded out the top-three times more than half a second off the pace.
Parkes’ teammate, David Salom, earned fourth in the books after posting a lap of 1’31.963. Behind the Spaniard was Step Racing Honda’s Gino Rea in sixth followed by Harms Benjan Racing’s Robbin Harms in seventh. Bogdanka PTR Honda’s James Ellison qualified eighth in the order more than a second off the pace of the leader with Kawasaki’s Massimo Roccoli and Ten Kate Honda’s Fabian Foret rounding out the top-10.

ParkinGo Yamahas Luca Scassa cemented his name at the top of the time charts during Fridays qualifying at Donington.
ParkinGo Yamaha’s Luca Scassa cemented his name at the top of the time charts during Friday’s qualifying at Donington.

2011 World Supersport Donington Qualifying Results:
1. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
2. Sam Lowes (Honda) 1’31.368
3. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) 1’31.823
4. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1’31.963
5. Chaz Davies (Yamaha) 1’32.005
6. Gino Rea (Honda) 1’32.080
7. Robbin Harms (Honda) 1’32.136
8. James Ellison (Honda) 1’32.258
9. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki) 1’32.501
10. Fabian Foret (Honda) 1’32.707
11. Florian Marino (Honda) 1’33.007
12. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki) 1’33.371
13. Vladimir Ivanov (Honda) 1’33.395
14. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha) 1’33.462
15. Danilo Dell’Omo (Triumph) 1’33.527