Fabrizio claims provisional Donington pole

Michel Fabrizio has taken provisional pole position for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park following a wet-to-dry qualifying session.

Lap times tumbled during the final minutes as the warm temperatures dried the circuit following a shower prior to the session, with Fabrizio working his way through the traffic to claim the fastest time by a comfortable margin.

Two tenths faster than Ben Spies managed in morning practice, Fabrizio heads into second qualifying with a fourth tenth advantage over Leon Haslam, the Stiggy Honda rider showing well again to finish the day as Britain's top representative on home ground in second.

Practice pace setter Spies remained in contention in third, with Gregorio Lavilla impressing once again on the ever-improving Guandalini Ducati to come away with the fourth best time. Fellow Ducati rider Shane Byrne ended the day inside the top five on the Sterilgarda machine, ahead of leading wild-card contender Leon Camier on the Airwaves Yamaha.

Jakub Smrz completed a superb day for Guandalini outfit in seventh position, while Lorenzo Lanzi made a welcome appearance inside the top ten on the DFX Ducati. Together with Noriyuki Haga in tenth, behind top Ten Kate competitor Carlos Checa, it means six of the Italian machines fill the top ten.

With the patchy weather conditions making the session much about timing and finding room, Tom Sykes, James Ellison and Jonathan Rea couldn't quite make it into the top ten, ending the day in 11th, 12th and 15th respectively.

In addition, John Hopkins couldn't match his earlier top ten pace in 14th, while 2008 race winner Ryuichi Kiyonari was a surprise absentee from the provisional Superpole positions in 23rd.

Others missing the cut currently include Matthieu Lagrive, who was originally fastest as the track began to improve, Simon Andrews, Jamie Hacking and Suzuki newcomer Blake Young.

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Fabrizio, San Marino WSBK 2009
Chaz Davies, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
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Bradl, Honda, Assen WSBK 2017
Red Bull Honda truck, Aragon WSBK 2017
Red Bull Honda truck, Aragon WSBK 2017
Brembo calipers on Ducati, Thai WSBK 2017
Akrapovic on Ducati, Thai WSBK 2017
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Jonathan Rea, Donington Park [Credit: Donington Park]
Jonathan Rea, Donington Park [Credit: Donington Park]
Exhaust on Brad`s Honda, Australian WSBK, 2017
Exhaust on Hayden`s Honda, Australian WSBK, 2017
Lavilla, Australian WSBK, 2017
Fores` Ducati, Australian WSBK, 2017. Photo courtesy of WorldSBK

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Al - Unregistered

June 26, 2009 7:46 PM

An interesting session, 17 different riders topped the times at one point or another... including all 7 Brits.. wonder when the last time that happened was ?

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