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BMW 1-2-3 at Monza World SBK Friday

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2012 Monza World Superbike Friday Results

THe BMW S1000RR was the machine to beat Friday at the opening day of practice/qualifying for Monza World Superbike in Italy.

During the first free practice session (FP1), BMW Motorrad Motorsports’ Leon Haslam set the pace, the Brit posting a 1:43.042 aboard the factory S1000RR.

But he wasn’t the only quick BMW; following him in FP1 was BMW Motorrad Italia Gold Bet’s Michel Fabrizio and Haslam’s teammate Marco Melandri. During the 45-minute session, Fabrizio equaled the top World SBK speed at Monza – 208 mph.

The closest rider to BMW Machinery was Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes.

And when the first qualifying session (Q1) got underway, it was again the BMW riders on top, the S1000RR taking four of the top five spots. And with less than three minutes remaining in the 45-minute session, Fabrizio put in a blistering-fast lap of 1:42.325.

Trailing Fabrizio by 0.053 of a second was Melandri, with Haslam 0.196 of a second behind. Fourth quickest was Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty, with Fabrizio’s teammate Ayrton Badovini fifth fastest.

Sixth fastest at Q1 went to Sykes, and current series leader, Aprilia Racing Team’s Max Biaggi, was seventh, the home favorite posting a 1:42.844. Chaz Davies was next, the ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia rider the last to post within a second of Fabrizio.

The reigning World Superbike Champion, Carlos Checa, and his Althea Ducati teammate, Davide Giugliano rounded out the top 10 Friday at Monza.

The Word Superbike riders will be back on the Monza circuit for the second practice and qualifying sessions ahead of Superpole.

2012 Monza World Superbike: Qualifying 1 Results:

1. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1’42.327

2. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1’42.380

3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1’42.523

4. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’42.625

5. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1’42.690

6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’42.794

7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’42.844

8. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.228

9. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’43.393

10. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’43.408

11. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1’43.410

12. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’43.576

13. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’43.837

14. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’43.943

15. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’44.042

16. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1’44.057

17. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1’44.203

18. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1’44.321

19. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’44.489

20. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1’44.686

21. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’45.156

22. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1’45.841

23. Sergio Gadea (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’48.085

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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