Nurburgring World Superbike Superpole 2011

September 3, 2011
Bryan Harley
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Ducatis Carlos Checa got down to business by grabbing the fastest lap ever recorded at Phillip Island to claim the first Superpole of 2011.
Althea Racing Ducati’s Carlos Checa claimed Superpole at Nurburgring today after breaking the course’s lap record.

Althea Racing Ducati’s Carlos Checa blistered the ‘Ring for a new lap record on his way to his fifth Superpole of the season. His 1’54.144 lap dropped four-tenths off Max Biaggi’s previous record. Checa set the tone in the final qualifying session by posting the fastest time, then served notice he’s on a quest to win the championship this year by breaking the Nurburgring lap record.

Yamaha World Superbike rider Eugene Laverty joins Checa at the front of tomorrow’s grid after also lapping under the previous record. He was still 0.368 seconds behind Checa, a good measure of how dominant the Spanish rider was today.

Max Biaggi, riding with an injured left foot, fought through the pain to finish third-fastest. Biaggi will have his work cut out for him tomorrow if he has any hope of closing the gap to Checa. Yamaha’s second factory rider, Marco Melandri, was the last rider to lap in the sub-1’55 range.

Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga has looked strong all weekend and crossed the line fifth-fastest today. Haga was quick early, finishing third in the final qualifying session. Nitro Nori could be a dark horse to podium tomorrow as he won in Germany last year, albeit riding a Ducati.

Tom Sykes had a good showing for his Kawasaki Racing Team and will start tomorrow’s races from the sixth position. Sykes just edged out BMW Motorrad Motosport’s Leon Haslam, the seventh-fastest qualifier. Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati’s Sylvain Guintoli grabbed the eighth spot after losing the battle to Haslam by a scant 0.012 second.

Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea will have to mount his comeback from the ninth starting position. Joining him on the third row is privateer Ducati rider Jakub Smrz, Kawasaki’s Mark Aitchison and Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio, who crashed early in Superpole but was able to remount and scrap his way back to the 12th position.

World Superbike Nurburgring 2011 Superpole Results –
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
3. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
5. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
7. Leon Haslam (BMW)
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
9. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
10. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
11. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
12. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
13. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
14. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
16. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
17. Troy Corser (BMW)
18. James Toseland (BMW)
19. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
20. Makoto Tamada (Honda)

World Supersport Nurburging Qualifying Results –

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Fabien Foret grabbed his second pole of the season today, fending off the charge of points leader Chaz Davies. Foret’s 1’59.258 bested Davies by 0.076 seconds to earn the Frenchman rights to the pole.

Step Racing Honda’s Gino Rea finished just ahead of Sam Lowes with the third-fastest effort. Lowes lapped his Parkalgar Honda around the ‘Ring 0.014 seconds faster than Bogdanka PTR Honda’s James Ellison to claim the final spot on the front row.

1. Fabien Foret (Honda)
2. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
3. Gino Rea (Honda)
4. Sam Lowes (Honda)
5. James Ellison (Honda)
6. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki)
7. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
8. David Salom (Kawasaki)
9. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki)
10. Florian Marino (Honda)
11. Miguel Praia (Honda)
12. Robbin Harms (Honda)

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