Aprilia's Max Biaggi landed the fastest time on Saturday to claim his first Superpole of 2011.
In a dominating display at his home circuit in Italy, Aprilia
’s Max Biaggi claimed his first Superpole of the 2011 season by setting the fastest lap of 1'41.745. Using a qualifying tire, Biaggi snagged top honors in Saturday’s qualifying session more than half a second ahead of Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty. Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea
claimed third in the books 0.869 off the pace of Biaggi, and BMW’s Troy Corser followed the Irishman by less than a tenth to secure a front row start in Sunday’s races. Overall it was a successful day for multiple manufactures as Aprilia, Yamaha, Honda and BMW will all start from the front row.
teammate, Marco Melandri, just missed a front row start and placed fifth in the order with a lap of 1'42.714. After taking the fastest time in Friday’s session, BMW’s Leon Haslam
was the final rider to place within a second of Biaggi as he snagged a time of 1'42.723. Following the Brit was Team Alstare Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio, with Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga occupying the final spot in Row 2.
Motorrad Italia’s Ayrton Badovini will begin from Row 3 after failing to make it into the final Superpole session. Aprilia’s Leon Camier trailed 0.109 behind Badovini to claim the 10th-fastest time with Ducati’s Carlos Checa continuing to struggle at the Italian circuit down in 11th. Checa was shadowed by Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli, who found 12th in the books just 0.03 seconds behind. Kawasaki’s Joan Lascorz, Tom Sykes and Ducati’s Jakub Smrz ran 13th through 15th respectively and are all set to start from Row 4.
2011 World Superbike Monza Qualifying Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'41.745
Laverty will start from the first row for the second consecutive race after trailing Biaggi by more than half a second.
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1'42.393
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1'42.614
4. Troy Corser (BMW) 1'42.688
5. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1'42.714
6. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1'42.723
7. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki) 1'42.954
8. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1'43.043
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1'42.886
10. Leon Camier (Aprilia) 1'42.995
11. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1'43.116
12. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1'43.146
13. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1'43.090
14. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'43.437
15. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1'43.993
16. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1'44.005
17. Ruben Xaus (Honda) 1'44.216