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Aragon World Superbike | Q1 Results

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2011 World Superbike

With Carlos Checa arriving home for the debut of the Motoland Aragon round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, he quickly became the favorite to win this weekend.

Plus, with eight wins in 12 races after six rounds, the Althea Ducati rider is simply dominating. But it surprisingly wasn’t Checa who set the pace Friday at Aragon; rather, it was a man who has run up front for most of the season, Yamaha World Superbike’s Marco Melandri.

The Italian Melandri, who won Race 1 in Donington Superbike, was the only rider to break the 2:00 barrier, posting a 1:59.726 aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1.

But of course the second-fastest rider was Checa, who was three-tenths of a second behind Melandri. Taking the third fastest time was Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga; the Japanese rider, who took his first podium last weekend in Misano with third in race 2, crashed during the middle of today’s qualifying 1 practice, but came back to post his fastest lap.

Within a tenth of Haga were two Brits, Leon Camier (Alitalia Aprilia’s Leon Camier and Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes, who gave Kawasaki it’s first WSBK podium last weekend at Misano.

Sixth fastest was the reigning World Superbike Champions Max Biaggi on the Alitalia Aprilia RSV4, followed by the sole Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio aboard the Alstare GSX-R1000. The highest-placed BMW S1000RR came from Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia).

The WSBK grid will be back on the track Saturday for a second qualifying practice before Superpole in Motorland Aragon.

2011 Aragon World Superbike: Qualifying 1 Results (Friday, June 17):

1. M. Melandri / Yamaha YZF-R1 / 1’59.726

2. C. Checa / Ducati 1198R / 2’00.073

3. N. Haga / Aprilia RSV4 / 2’00.214

4. L. Camier / Aprilia RSV4 / 2’00.253

5. T. Sykes / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 2’00.267

6. M. Biaggi / Aprilia RSV4 / 2’00.309

7. M. Fabrizio / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / 2’00.324

8. A. Badovini / BMW S1000RR / 2’00.377

9. E. Laverty / Yamaha YZF-R1 / 2’00.503

10. M. Berger / Ducati 1198R /2’00.509

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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