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Smrz snatches fastest time in Q2

The Czech rider proves his pace again over a single lap to carry a psychological advantage into Superpole.
Jakub Smrz will head into Superpole clutching the fastest time of the weekend thus far after topping second qualifying at Kyalami, South Africa.

The Czech rider leapt from a provisional position of seventh to undercut Michel Fabrizio's previous benchmark by two tenths of a second, although Smrz would prove to be the only significant mover inside the top ten.

Indeed, second and third place Fabrizio and Cal Crutchlow would not improve their lap times over the session, the latter being hampered by a technical issue on his Yamaha.

Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam completed the top five, ahead of Carlos Checa, Troy Corser and Max Biaggi, while Leon Camier and Sylvain Guintoli made significant leaps to go ninth and tenth fastest on their respective Aprilia and Suzuki machines.

Shane Byrne and Luca Scassa slipped out of the top ten, although they would still end up faster than Noriyuki Haga, the Japanese rider improving his time but not his position in 13th.

Further back, Sheridan Morais continued to chip away at his lap times to improve to 14th, although James Toseland slipped back to 17th.

With 22 riders competing this weekend, only two riders will be missing from Superpole, with both Pedercini Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden and Matteo Baiocco losing out. As such, Broc Parkes makes it through to the deciding qualifying session for the first time this season with Echo CRS Honda.



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Joeski

May 15, 2010 11:50 AM

Smrz is somewhat of an anomaly to me! I mean this guy can qualify! which means he is fast! I am tempted to think that his "inferior"(meaning non factory) machine may be a hindrance to this guys race performance..I think he deserves a shot at a top tier machine..but who will go out on a limb to test his worth, surely he is impressive on this B&G machine! and worth the risk..if u think not, then justify Fabrizio initial request to be put on the Xerox Duc! I am not saying Fab hasn't since earned it but his prior performance was never as consistently impressive as Smrz (Brno being the exception). At any rate I would love to see what Smrz can do on Factory equipment!

Joeski

May 15, 2010 12:00 PM

It is quite possible that Smrz is just not a battler! He may be more like Corser, where, if he has the equipment he can get out front and lead! If i am not incorrect, I believe Corser was a great qualifier as well. I know..most of us racing fans want to see a dog fight but hey Corser is a 2 time WC and I think given the opportunity Smrz could make an impact on this WSBK field if not a possible future champion! given the right circumstances..I know it sounds hopeful, but I believe this guy has been giving his all on lesser equipment for a number of years now...someone must soon see his potential!..I am not saying he will fulfill it but the potential is there!



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