Lorenzo Lanzi started from the pole at Imola, and the World Superbike rider looks to be also hungry for the pole position at the final round of WSBK at Magny-Cours in France this weekend – the DFX Corse Ducati was quickest during the first qualifying session on Friday.
Under dry conditions, Lanzi posted a 1:38.856 at Magny-Cours, a track the Italian has been victorious on in the past.
It was all Italian riders on Italian machines in the top four on Friday. Xerox Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio was second fastest, followed by this year’s champion, Aprilia Alitalia’s Max Biaggi and Supersonic Ducati rider Luca Scassa.
Next year’s MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow was fifth fastest on his Sterilgarda Yamaha R1, followed in sixth by multiple France winner Noriyuki Haga on the other Ducati Xerox machine. Seventh fastest was BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Troy Corser, followed by Althea Ducati Racing rider Carlos Checa.
Rounding out the top ten were Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes and Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam. After all was said and done, the 16 riders were all within 0.710 of a second.
2010 Magny-Cours World Superbike Friday Practice Times: 1.Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’38.856; 2.Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’38.927; 3.Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’38.972; 4.Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’39.000; 5.Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.058; 6. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1’39.091; 7.Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’39.119; 8.Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’39.138; 9.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’39.207; 10.Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’39.238; 11.Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’39.260; 12.Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.360; 13.Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’39.370; 14.Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’39.431; 15. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’39.454; 16.Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1’39.566.