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Woooo.. The Kawi boys are really struggeling...

1. Troy Corser AUS Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 1min 59.627 secs
2. Troy Bayliss AUS Ducati 1098 F08 1min 59.853 secs
3. Fonsi Nieto ESP Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 2min 00.307 secs
4. Noriyuki Haga JPN Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 2min 00.476 secs
5. Yukio Kagayama JPN Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 2min 00.599 secs
6. Ruben Xaus ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 2min 00.695 secs
7. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1098 RS 08 2min 00.724 secs
8. Max Biaggi ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 2min 00.744 secs
9. Sebastien Gimbert FRA Yamaha Motor France-Ipone YZF-R1 2min 00.857 secs
10. Max Neukirchner GER Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 2min 00.904 secs
11. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098 F08 2min 00.937 secs
12. Karl Muggeridge AUS DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR 2min 01.086 secs
13. Carlos Checa ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 2min 01.409 secs
14. Ayrton Badovini ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 01.677 secs
15. Gregorio Lavilla ESP Ventaxia VK Honda CBR1000RR 2min 01.729 secs
16. Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo's Ducati 1098 RS 08 2min 01.955 secs
17. David Checa ESP Yamaha Motor France-Ipone YZF-R1 2min 01.984 secs
18. Roberto Rolfo ITA Hannspree Honda Altea CBR1000RR 2min 02.004 secs
19. Regis Laconi FRA PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse ZX-10R 2min 02.100 secs
20. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 02.256 secs
21. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 2min 02.494 secs
22. Luca Morelli ITA Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2min 02.980 secs
23. Russel Holland AUS DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR 2min 03.006 secs
24. Shinichi Nakatomi JPN YZF Yamaha YZF-R1 2min 03.542 secs
25. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. CBR1000RR 2min 03.765 secs
26. Shuhei Aoyama JPN Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2min 03.796 secs
27. Makoto Tamada JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 04.264 secs
28. Loic Napoleone FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha YZF-R1 2min 06.363 secs
 

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Catch us if you can, Aussie duo shout as they leave their rivals trailing in their wheeltracks in Q1...

Troy Corser and Troy Bayliss proved to be the men to beat in the opening qualifying session of the 2008 World Superbike season in Qatar, as they dominated first qualifying to leave their rivals wilting under the desert sun.

The Aussie duo were the only men capable of lapping beneath the two-minute barrier at the Losail International Circuit, and were split by little over two tenths of a second at the close. The Yamaha Motor Italia ace has been on-form in Doha since the word ‘go' this weekend, whilst Ducatistar Bayliss continues to show few ill-effects from his collarbone-breaking shunt at Phillip Island last month.

Practice pace-setter Fonsi Nieto was the closest challenger to the two Troys' supremacy, albeit some seven tenths of a second shy of former double world champion Corser's best effort. The Team Alstare Suzuki rider was followed on the timesheets by Corser's Japanese team-mate and 2007 WSBK runner-up Noriyuki Haga, with compatriot Yukio Kagayama rounding out the top five for Alstare – the last man to wind up within a second of the outright pace.

Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati's Ruben Xaus finished the session sixth-fastest, followed by R.G. Team Ducati star Lorenzo Lanzi, the Italian rebounding well after being the only absentee from the earlier practice session.

Xaus' team-mate Max Biaggi was eighth, with endurance specialist Sébastien Lambert an impressive ninth and Max Neukirchner making it all three Alstare representatives inside the top ten.

Further down the timing screens, erstwhile MotoGPstar Carlos Checa languished in 13th spot for reigning champions Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, 2007 BSBtitle-challengers Gregorio Lavilla (Ventaxia VK Honda) and Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) occupied the 15th and 21st positions respectively, whilst expected challengers Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree HondaAltea) and Régis Laconi (Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse) both continued to struggle towards the lower reaches of the standings.

Second qualifying will take place on Friday, followed by a further free practice session and Superpole. The two races will be held on Saturday.
 

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BAYLISS AND FABRIZIO BATTLE AGAINST THE ELEMENTS AT THE LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT

Losail (Qatar), Thursday 21st February: Bayliss and Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) faced difficult climactic conditions today as the 2008 World Superbike championship officially got underway. Winds of up to 40 km/h meant that riders were unable to record any particularly fast laps and the morning practice session was instead used to check the settings of the new Ducati 1098 F08 machines. The afternoon qualifying session went ahead in similar conditions at the Losail International Circuit with both riders attempting to improve on the times recorded in the morning.

Troy Bayliss 1m59.8s

"I'm reasonably happy with how it went today but we all found it tough and every lap had to be ridden in a different way simply due to the conditions. The wind meant that I was never completely comfortable and there is only so much we can do to change the settings of the bike because conditions may be different again tomorrow. Looking at this weekend's entry list I reckon it's going to be a very competitive championship this year, we're a strong field and I'm looking forward to the competition!"

Michel Fabrizio 2m00.9s

"It was very difficult out there today and although sand on the track wasn't such a problem, I wasn't totally confident on the bike with the strong winds. Having said that, there were several of us who were lapping around the 2 minute mark so we were all having similar problems with the weather I think. We've changed a few settings on the bike throughout the day and I hope that we can make better progress tomorrow."

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Good start for Suzuki Alstare in Qatar

Despite the incredibly strong winds at the Doha circuit in Qatar today, Team Suzuki Alstare riders Fonsi Nieto and Yukio Kagayama acquitted themselves very well indeed, finishing with the third and fifth fastest times overall. Team Alstare Suzuki rider Max Neukirchner experienced some handling problems, but also didn't want to risk anything in the difficult conditions, so he kept things steady and finished tenth today. Aussie Troy Corser (Yamaha) ended first qualifying with the day's fastest lap, 1:59.627, two tenths of a second quicker than his fellow countryman Troy Bayliss (Ducati). Fonsi had been fastest in the morning untimed practice session and ended third quickest in the afternoon, with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) fourth. Just behind Haga, was Yukio, with Ruben Xaus (Ducati) rounding out the top six.

Fonsi 3rd, 2:00.307

I'm happy with the first day of practice here in Qatar and think that what we did today was a good result. It was hard today because of the very strong wind and, because the wind was not consistent, it made things quite difficult today. I'm particularly happy because Corser, Bayliss and Haga all tested here recently, so to be up with them today is very satisfying. Both the wind and the sand make it easy to miss your line and once that happens you lose time. We did a lot of good work on the bike today and hope to carry that on tomorrow. I hope that the wind is not so strong and we can make good progress throughout the day.

Yukio 5th, 2:00.599

The wind today was unbelievable! I don't think I've ever raced in such strong winds before and certainly not winds that stayed at the same strength all day. It made many parts of the track a problem, especially the second last corner for me. I think the wind pushed me off line five times in five laps at that turn and that meant that I lost time. Also, I was hit in the visor many times by small stones and that made life a bit interesting! For tomorrow, I think we'll keep the same chassis set-up, but make some adjustments to the engine and the electronics to make the bike smoother and easier to ride. I just hope the wind is not so bad!

Max 10th, 2:00.904

It was very windy out there today and I had many problems in many parts of the track because of that. It was not easy braking for the turns because sometimes the wind was behind you, sometimes across you and sometimes in your front! The last four turns were a particular problem for me and I know that I lost quite a bit of time there. But despite all that we did some good work today and found a good direction for the bike. Unlike most of the other riders here, this is my first time at the track since the race last year, so I have some catching-up to do. I hope the wind is not so strong tomorrow so that I can push harder and and improve my time.
 

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:postwhore:postwhore:lol::lol:eek:ne more time..08'is NOT gonna be a good race bike!!! unless Tamada a famous,experienced motogp rider,& Laconi an also famous SBK rider,are both crap(but I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!!!)
 

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yes well the best Honda is 12th!!!! and the best Kawi is 14th and its not even the factory supported team... its the PSG supported team!!!! its the Ducati Yamaha and Suzuki show at the moment... all well developed bikes.
 

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yes well the best Honda is 12th!!!! and the best Kawi is 14th and its not even the factory supported team... its the PSG supported team!!!! its the Ducati Yamaha and Suzuki show at the moment... all well developed bikes.

Well, the PSG-1 team is the official "factory" Kawasaki team.
With full factory support....
 

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Yeah I know, which makes it worse... the PSG prepared bikes of pederchini are showing up there affiliates :)
 

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Qp2

1. Troy Corser AUS Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 1min 58.560 secs
2. Troy Bayliss AUS Ducati 1098 F08 1min 58.829 secs
3. Max Neukirchner GER Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1min 58.990 secs
4. Noriyuki Haga JPN Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 1min 59.173 secs
5. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1098 RS 08 1min 59.337 secs
6. Max Biaggi ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1min 59.435 secs
7. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098 F08 1min 59.554 secs
8. Carlos Checa ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.758 secs
9. Fonsi Nieto ESP Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1min 59.805 secs
10. Ruben Xaus ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1min 59.940 secs
11. Yukio Kagayama JPN Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1min 59.998 secs
12. Ayrton Badovini ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 00.033 secs
13. Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo's Ducati 1098 RS 08 2min 00.148 secs
14. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. CBR1000RR 2min 00.292 secs
15. Gregorio Lavilla ESP Ventaxia VK Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.438 secs
16. Roberto Rolfo ITA Hannspree Honda Altea CBR1000RR 2min 00.522 secs

17. Sebastien Gimbert FRA Yamaha Motor France-Ipone YZF-R1 2min 00.554 secs
18. Karl Muggeridge AUS DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.607 secs
19. David Checa ESP Yamaha Motor France-Ipone YZF-R1 2min 00.643 secs
20. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.698 secs
21. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 00.854 secs
22. Russel Holland AUS DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.971 secs
23. Makoto Tamada JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 01.303 secs
24. Luca Morelli ITA Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2min 01.396 secs
25. Regis Laconi FRA PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse ZX-10R 2min 01.429 secs
26. Shinichi Nakatomi JPN YZF Yamaha YZF-R1 2min 01.675 secs
27. Shuhei Aoyama JPN Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2min 02.059 secs
28. Loic Napoleone FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha YZF-R1 2min 05.516 secs


Qatar official WSBK lap records:
Best lap: Troy Corser AUS Yamaha 1min 58.402secs (2007)
Superpole: Troy Corser AUS Yamaha 1min 58.402secs (2007)
Fastest lap: Max Biaggi ITA Suzuki 1min 59.194secs (2007)
 

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so PSG1 don't even make superpole. Very sad.

Well done Pederchini and Badovini for taking a customer ZX10 to 12th. Best Honda is 8th and thats factory supported... whats up with PSG1?

Looks like the '08 honda and kawi still need tons of work to get them up front!!!
 

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:postwhore:postwhore:lol::lol:eek:ne more time..08'is NOT gonna be a good race bike!!! unless Tamada a famous,experienced motogp rider,& Laconi an also famous SBK rider,are both crap(but I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!!!)
one more time ITS NOT THE BIKE........geeez man :rolleyes:

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Qatar Q2 results

1. Troy Corser AUS Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 1min 58.560 secs
2. Troy Bayliss AUS Ducati 1098 F08 1min 58.829 secs
3. Max Neukirchner GER Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1min 58.990 secs
4. Noriyuki Haga JPN Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 1min 59.173 secs
5. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1098 RS 08 1min 59.337 secs
6. Max Biaggi ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1min 59.435 secs
7. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098 F08 1min 59.554 secs
8. Carlos Checa ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.758 secs
9. Fonsi Nieto ESP Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1min 59.805 secs
10. Ruben Xaus ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1min 59.940 secs
11. Yukio Kagayama JPN Team Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1min 59.998 secs
12. Ayrton Badovini ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 00.033 secs
13. Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo's Ducati 1098 RS 08 2min 00.148 secs
14. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. CBR1000RR 2min 00.292 secs
15. Gregorio Lavilla ESP Ventaxia VK Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.438 secs
16. Roberto Rolfo ITA Hannspree Honda Altea CBR1000RR 2min 00.522 secs

17. Sebastien Gimbert FRA Yamaha Motor France-Ipone YZF-R1 2min 00.554 secs
18. Karl Muggeridge AUS DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.607 secs
19. David Checa ESP Yamaha Motor France-Ipone YZF-R1 2min 00.643 secs
20. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.698 secs
21. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 00.854 secs
22. Russel Holland AUS DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR 2min 00.971 secs
23. Makoto Tamada JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 01.303 secs
24. Luca Morelli ITA Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2min 01.396 secs
25. Regis Laconi FRA PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse ZX-10R 2min 01.429 secs
26. Shinichi Nakatomi JPN YZF Yamaha YZF-R1 2min 01.675 secs
27. Shuhei Aoyama JPN Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2min 02.059 secs
28. Loic Napoleone FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha YZF-R1 2min 05.516 secs
 

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I'll definitely agree with that. It's not the bike! Just the fact that the customer team is doing better than the factory team says something.
 

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those 08 blades and 10's are borderline standard road machines still I reckon. Ten Kate do that every time. They practically race a standard bike for the first race when a new design version comes out. And they build it from there.
 

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Honda isn't doing a whole lot better than the Kawi's hey!!!! plus they have FAAAAR better riders. Laconi and Tamada are way past their sell by dates. Maybe that explains the Pederchini Kawi's doing better.
 

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Oh yeaaahh!!it's the riders maybe,or that only kawi faces problems setting new race bikes,not Honda,suzuki,or yamaha:lol::lol:geez u!
HELLO!!! yes its the riders, 2 past their prime riders competing against some young up and coming talent makes for a difficult go :bitchslap:bash:

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