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Biaggi Takes Impressive Pole Position at Brno

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Max Biaggi put in an impressive performance in the final Superpole session to secure pole position for tomorrow's races, seeing off the challenge of Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa. The three championship contenders dominated the three Superpole sessions with Melandri topping the first, Checa the second and Biaggi taking over at the front at the vital moment.

The battle for pole in SP3 was ultimately decided on the first flying laps, with Biaggi clocking a 1:58.580 to edge out Melandri, while Checa could only match his SP2 time and was forced to settle for third. Eugene Laverty will round out the front row on the second factory Yamaha.

Jakub Smrz was on the pace in all three sessions and took a well deserved fifth ahead of the Alstare Suzuki of Michel Fabrizio. Seventh place for Leon Camier will have been something of a triumph for the Briton who spent most of the two knockout sessions in the drop zone. The Aprilia Alitalia rider suffered a crash with just five minutes remaining of SP1 before remounting to sneak through in seventh before taking the last spot in SP3 after edging out Ayrton Badovini by 0.131s.

Tom Sykes showed impressive pace in the second session, with only Checa going quicker than him but the Kawasaki man was out of qualifying tyres when it came to SP3 and could only manage eighth. A repeat of his SP2 time would have put him on the front row.

Badovini heads the third row after the late improvements from Sykes and Fabrizio knocked him out of SP2, but the Italian is still the highest BMW on the grid. Sylvain Guintoli also lost out and will start tenth ahead of the impressive Mark Aitchison on the Team Pedercini Kawasaki with another privateer, Maxime Berger, 12th on the Supersonic Ducati.

Leon Haslam was the big-name casualty in SP1 as the BMW Motorrad squad struggled again, with PATA Aprilia‘s Noriyuki Haga also dropping out. Lorenzo Lanzi will start 15th as he continues to stand in for James Toseland while Matteo Baiocco will complete row four on the Barni Racing Ducati.

For the first time this year, neither of the Castrol Hondas made it into Superpole as Ruben Xaus came up short by 0.077s in Qualifying Practice. The Spaniard will start 17th while Alex Lowes will take part in his first World Superbike race from 21st as the Lincoln youngster stands in for Jonathan Rea.


Superpole Result:

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Lap Time
1 Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 1:58.580
2 Marco Melandri ITA Yamaha Yamaha World Superbike Team 1:58.801
3 Carlos Checa SPA Ducati Althea Racing 1:58.908
4 Eugene Laverty IRL Yamaha Yamaha World Superbike Team 1:59.055
5 Jakub Smrz CZE Ducati Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 1:59.541
6 Michel Fabrizio ITA Suzuki Team Suzuki Alstare 1:59.908
7 Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 1:59.925
8 Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:00.303
Eliminated in Superpole 2
9 Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 1:59.684
10 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Ducati Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 1:59.800
11 Mark Aitchison AUS Kawasaki Team Pedercini 2:00.362
12 Maxime Berger FRA Ducati Supersonic Racing Team 2:01.011
Eliminated in Superpole 1
13 Leon Haslam GBR BMW BMW Motorrad Motorsport 2:00.252
14 Noriyuki Haga JAP Aprilia PATA Racing Team Aprilia 2:00.374
15 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 2:00.619
16 Matteo Baiocco ITA Ducati Barni Racing Team 2:00.864
Failed to Qualify for Superpole Session
17 Ruben Xaus SPA Honda Castrol Honda 2:00.681
18 Roberto Rolfo ITA Kawasaki Team Pedercini 2:00.710
19 Joan Lascorz SPA Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:00.980
20 Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:01.447
21 Alex Lowes GBR Honda Castrol Honda 2:01.724
22 Viktor Kispataki HUN Honda Prop-tech Ltd. 2:02.721
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