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2010 World Superbike - Brno Photo Gallery

See photos of World Superbike racing action at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic during Round 9 of the Championship series in the WSB Brno 2010 photo gallery.

In Friday's first practice Michel Fabrizio went out on the same tire that Noriyuki Haga had used earlier and was able to improve on his teammate’s time, recording the fastest overall lap of the session.
Noriyuki Haga was the first rider to duck under 2m01, recording a string of consistently fast laps with a new tire that propelled him to the top of the timesheets in the second half of the session.
Michel Fabrizio took third in qualifying at the Brno circuit behind teammate Noriyuki Haga and Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.
Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga went straight to the top of the timesheets in first qualifying this afternoon, holding this position until the close of play to secure provisional pole ahead of Sunday’s races.
Aprilia's Max Biaggi took fifth in the first day of qualifying at Brno circuit located in the Czech Republic.
Yamaha Sterilgarda's Cal Crutchlow qualified on the provisional front row in second behind Ducati's Noriyuki Haga at Brno.
Leon Camier: "This morning we started with a new tire which didn't give me any feeling. Things got gradually better. The track is very wide and the difference can be made by setting up the trajectories well in the guided sections. We need to work above all on the setting for the slower turns and we need to interpret the track well. I'm certain we can do well."
Sylvain Guintoli: "I love this track, so it's disappointing to only be 15th at the end of the day. But the problem is that we couldn't get any grip out of the track today. The morning was bad, but it did get a bit better this afternoon and I have a feeling that it is going to get better and better over the weekend."
Leon Haslam: "It was not an easy day for us, but the bottom line is that we think we have identified what happened and know what we can do to the bike to improve it. We had a big problem with grip today and although it was better in the afternoon, if you got off line, the track still felt pretty slippery."
Aprilia's Max Biaggi will start from the front row in tomorrow's races after taking second in Saturday's qualifying session at Brno.
Honda Ten Kate's Jonathan Rea took third in qualifying on Saturday at Brno and will start from the front row.
Parkalgar Honda’s Eugene Laverty took third in the timesheets with a time of 2'03.082 during qualifying at Brno.
Leon Camier: "We've sorted the situation after having struggled to find the most satisfactory set-up. There is still work to do, that much is clear, both on the bike and on my interpretation of the track. After the changes we made today grip has improved a lot. We'll try to improve on some details tomorrow and prepare as best we can for the two races."
Crutchlow was over 0.7 seconds faster than the next best rider at Brno, and in nine Superpoles this year, he has the best individual record.
Max Biaggi (left), Cal Crutchlow (center) and Jonathan Rea (right) made up the superpole podium on Saturday at Brno.
Honda's Alexander Lundh took 15th in Brno's qualifying session with a lap time of 2'05.504.
Honda's Gino Rea took seventh in qualifying at Brno behind Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro.
Honda Ten Kate's Kenan Sofuoglu came in fifth on the timesheets at Brno during qualifying with a lap time of 2'03.397.
Honda's Michele Pirro had a time just behind Kenan Sofuoglu's for sixth-place in Saturday's Superpole at Brno.
Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea took the victory in Race 1 at Brno ahead of Max Biaggi by over two and a half seconds.
Jonathan Rea completed his weekend at Brno in strong form by taking second in Race 2 behind Max Biaggi.
Aprilia's Max Biaggi moved an impressive 68 points clear of his nearest challenger after two 20-lap races.
Max Biaggi: “Knowing the track quite well here and the passion of the fans in the Czech Republic, we tried something really special and made some changes on the bike, weight distribution and gearbox and the result was very good so I’m happy. For me it’s the tenth victory here, and this is my second home country. I love this place!”
Honda's Jonathan Rea (left), Aprilia's Max Biaggi (center) and Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio (right) made up the podium in Race 2 at Brno.
Aprilia's Leon Camier put in a good performance after a weekend of searching for the right setup. He finished in eighth-place in Race 2 and is now eagerly awaiting the race on his home turf in Silverstone.
Cal Crutchlow: "I'm disappointed to be honest, I knew we had the pace this weekend to win. The first race didn't go too much to plan, we had a bit of a problem with rear grip so we made a change for the second race which I thought was going to be really good. I did 12 laps on the rear tire, and to be honest I was just about to crash so I had to pull in to change it."
After suffering a mechanical issue in Race 1, Ducati's Michel Fabrizio got past Ruben Xaus on Lap 5 to take third-place in Race 2.
Alstare Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli had his best result of the '10 season in Race 1 where he finished fourth.
Noriyuki Haga made a great start in the first race, carving his way through the field to move up from fifteenth on the grid to sixth by the end of the first lap.
Alstare Suzuki rider Leon Haslam's problems continued in both races at Brno where he went 8-10 for the weekend.
James Toseland: "Race one I had a problem with the electronics which weren't working as they should do so I couldn't get the exit speed I needed. I was surprised to finish seventh. It was the same system we ran the day before so we couldn't put our finger on why it changed so much. Race two my launch control didn't engage, so I bogged on the line to start and I was last going into turn one."
Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty was unable to finish due to mechanical problems and as a result took a 22-point loss in the WSS series.
Honda's Jonathan Rea now trails Leon Haslam in the championship by 81 points, and leader Max Biaggi by 149.
Kenan Sofuoglu's victory at Brno coupled with Eugene Laverty's DNF has resulted in Sofuoglu retaking the lead in the championship by 15 points over Joan Lascorz.