Top Yamaha rider proved to be Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) ninth fastest, while reigning BSB Champion Leon Camier placed the second Aprilia Alitalia factory bike tenth.Honda, BMW and Kawasaki riders had some high points today but Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was 13th in qualifying, Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 14th and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 19th today. Corser was inside the top four in the first unofficial session of practice, but fell late on in the timed session, losing a chance to make an even better lap.Carlos Checa says: "This bike works well at this type of circuit, especially in the tighter sections in the middle of the lap. I worked this morning on finding a rhythm and working with the soft rear tyres. I have decided which rear tyre to use already, but not the front yet. There is not such a long straight here, so there are possibilities for us. But it is only Friday and I think Biaggi, Haga and Haslam will be in there also."Jakub Smrz says: "I feel quite confident but we are still working to find a set-up for the race. For some laps the bike feels OK. We just need to improve the set-up and my general feeling on the bike. We are not perfect yet. The bike is basically the same as last year but we have a new front fork."
World Superbike Times: 1.Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’34.220; 2. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’34.502; 3. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’34.690; 4. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’34.771; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’34.780; 6. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’34.886; 7. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1’34.935; 8. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’35.049; 9. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.052; 10. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’35.132; 11. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’35.189; 12. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.203; 13. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.232; 14. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’35.279; 15. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’35.467; 16. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.555