"It was nice to top the time sheets in both sessions today. We're still looking for better grip a bit on the bike and also need to improve when pushing going into the corners, I think we can work on that. We tried a couple of things today which is good and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's great that it's the team's home race and we'll have lots of fans here and Yamaha guests so it's nice to be on top today for them."
The racing festivities got under way at the Autodromo Nazionale of Monza with the first qualifying session for Round 5 of the 2010 World Superbike
season. It was a slippery start as rain fell early during the day and forced riders to wait until the closing stages to put in their fastest laps. When the mist settled it was Sterilgarda Yamaha
’s Cal Crutchlow on top of the time sheets followed by HANNspree Honda
’s Jonny Rea and Xerox Ducati
’s Michel Fabrizio.
The Italian based Ducati and Aprilia
will be keen to put on a good show in the first of two home races. Last year, Fabrizio split victories with Ben Spies by taking the checkers in race one and following that up with a second in race two. The young Italian rider could turn his dismal season around with a good showing this weekend. He appears to have found some speed, but as Crutchlow can attest, there’s a big difference between qualifying and racing.
“At the start of the session I was not wanting to take too many risks as some of the corners were pretty slippery so I stayed calm and then began to push as the track dried out,” explained Fabrizio. “It’s a shame the conditions were so mixed because there were a few things we wanted to work on today but this wet weather didn’t give us the chance. Anyway, it’s been a positive first day. I think the testing at Misano last week helped us to get back on the right track and I’m feeling confident.”
duo of Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus looked great early on and ultimately finishing with the fourth and sixth fastest times respectively. They were split on the scoring sheet by current championship leader Leon Haslam and
Jonny Rea (above) was at the top of the time sheets right next to Crutchlow. He used the same bike setup he used at Assen, which seems to work well for him. After having a disappointing season so far, Ducati's Michel Fabrizio (below) set the third fastest time on Friday of 1'45.134.
his Alstare Suzuki
Max Biaggi put up a serious 203mph top speed during FP1 aboard the Aprilia RSV4R despite only finishing seventh fastest on the afternoon.
Friday Provisional Qualifying Results:
1. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'44.577
2. Johnathan Rea (Honda) 1'44.789
3. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) 1'45.134
4. Troy Corser (BMW) 1'45.234
5. Leon Haslam (Suzuki) 1'45.303
6. Ruben Xaus (BMW) 1'45.542
7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'45.592
8. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1'45.603
9. James Toseland (Yamaha) 1'46.019
10. Lucas Scassa (Ducati 1098R 1'46.111
11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'46.170
12. Leon Camier (Aprilia) 1'46.216
13. Max Neukirchner (Honda) 1'46.402
14. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) 1'46.413
15. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) 1'46.451
16. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki) 1'46.588
17. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1'46.756
18. Shane Byrne (Ducati) 1'47.466
19. Daisaku Sakai (Suzuki) 1'47.922
20. Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)1'48.041
21. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki) 1'48.191
22. Brocke Parkes (Honda) 1'48.254
23. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki) 1'49.217
24. Vittoriano Iannuzzo (Honda) 1'49.958
Parkalgar Honda’s Eugene Laverty is looking good after the opening day of World Supersport qualifying at Monza. The Irish star outpaced ParkinGO Triumoh’s David Salom during Friday’s qualifying sessions followed closely by Kawasaki
pilots Joan Lascorz and Fabien Foret.
Former AMA Superbike regular, Chaz Davies was 2-seconds off of Laverty’s pace while his ParkinGO Triumph teammate Jason DiSlavo was almost 3-seconds off the pace. The pair sits in 11th and 15th place respectively.
World Supersport Friday Qualifying Results
1. Eugene Laverty (Honda) 1’48.303
2. David Salom (Triumph) 1’48.523
3. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1’48.663
4. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki)1’48.743
5. Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda) 1’48.938
6. Michele Pirro (Honda) 1’49.448
7. Katusuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 1’49.534
8. Mathieu Lagrive (Triumph) 1’49.620
9. Gianluca Vizziello (Honda) 1’49.687
10. Massimo Roccoli (Honda) 1’50.043
11. Chaz Davies (Triumph) 1’50.334
12. Miguel Praia (Honda) 1’50.734
13. Gino Rea (Honda) 1’50.807
14. Andrea Boscoscuro () 1’50.587
15. Jason DiSalvo (Triumph) 1’51.071