Monza World SBK - Day 1 Qualifying
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MONZA – 4th ROUND – MAY 5th, 6th and 7th
First Qualifying Practice
Haga Fastest After Challenging First Day At Monza
LIGHT RAIN AFFECTS AFTERNOON QUALIFYING SESSION
With just the merest drizzle of rain appearing at the Ascari chicane section of the 5.793km Monza circuit, shortly after the start of the first timed session, the hour long Friday qualifying for the World Superbike riders proved to be a difficult affair. It was headed up by the impressively fast Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia), with a 1’47.007 – faster than the previous lap record on race tyres, but only 0.028 from the absolute track best, despite the increasingly damp sections at Ascari and the Parabolica. Closest to Haga was championship leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox), only 0.036 seconds from the rapid Japanese rider.
CORSER THIRD QUICKEST WITH TOSELAND ON HIS TAIL
Troy Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) was the closest rider to the Haga/Bayliss battle, with the 2005 champion third fastest, just over half a second from Haga’s best. The provisional front row was completed by James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda), riding with a small degree of caution, as the track was damp enough to hold back a full attack. The top five was completed by PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse’s Regis Laconi, pushing hard on the big Kawasaki and making it five different machines in the top five positions.
ALEX BARROS IMPROVES TO GO TOP SIX
Alex Barros (Klaffi Honda) used his Honda power to record the sixth best lap of the opening day’s qualifying session, finishing only 0.006 seconds from Laconi’s fifth place Kawasaki. An incredibly tight provisional second row was completed by Haga’s team-mate Andrew Pitt and the privateer Sterilgarda Berik Ducati of Spanish star Ruben Xaus. The latter’s 999 was the fastest bike through the speed trap, at a whopping 310kmph.
ROOKIES TO THE FORE, EVEN IN TRICKY CONDITIONS
Michel Fabrizio (DFX Treme Honda) and Roberto Rolfo (Ducati SC Caracchi 999) are both first year SBK riders, but each local man showed a good grasp of Monza’s early challenges to finish inside the top ten. Two more experienced riders followed them home, with Chris Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) completing the top 12 places, and the third provisional row.
NEUKIRCHNER IN PROVISIONAL SUPERPOLE PLACE
Should day two dawn wet for the final qualifying session, then today’s times will count towards Superpole qualification. In those circumstances German youngster Max Neukirchner (Pedercini Ducati) will have already qualified for Superpole, as will the rest of the provisional fourth row, Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France Ipone) and Team Pedercini rider, Ivan Clementi.
ABE CONCUSSED AND NANNELLI INJURED
Yamaha Motor France Ipone rider Norick Abe, who had two impressive races at Valencia, fell exiting the Ascari chicane and suffered a heavy concussion during his tumble. He is currently in the Monza medical centre, undergoing observation. Gianluca Nannelli, Pierfrancesco Chili’s temporary replacement in the DFX Treme Honda team also fell at Ascari and suffered a light concession, plus an injured hand.
1. HAGA 1'47.007 (Yamaha YZF R1)
2. BAYLISS1'47.043 (Ducati 999 F06)
3. CORSER 1'47.591 (Suzuki GSXR1000 K6)
4. TOSELAND 1'47.751 (Honda CBR 1000RR)
5. LACONI 1'47.763 (Kawasaki ZX10R)
6. BARROS 1'47.769 (Honda CBR 1000RR)
7. PITT 1'47.793 Yamaha (YZF R1)
8. XAUS 1'47.852 (Ducati 999 F05)
9. FABRIZIO 1'48.070 (Honda CBR 1000RR)
10. ROLFO 1'48.334 (Ducati 999 F05)
11. WALKER 1'48.530 (Kawasaki ZX10R)
12. LANZI 1'48.575 (Ducati 999 F06)
13. NEUKIRCHNER 1'48.712 (Ducati 999 RS)
14. KAGAYAMA 1'48.828 (Suzuki GSXR1000 K6)
15. GIMBERT 1'48.871 (Yamaha YZF R1)
16. CLEMENTI 1'49.226 (Ducati 999 RS)
17. ALFONSI 1'49.357 (Ducati 999 RS)
18. BRIGNOLA 1'49.475 (Ducati 999 RS)
19. ABE1'49.497 (Yamaha YZF R1)
20. NIETO 1'49.578 (Kawasaki ZX10R)
'06 green ZX-10R Race / '05 orangina ZX-10R track
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