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Checa continues up front in Q1

Checa gets his weekend off to the best start possible by topping both free practice and qualifying 1 at Imola.
Carlos Checa and Althea Ducati continue to reign at the top of the World Superbike order at Imola following the first qualification session.

The Spaniard was fastest during free practice as well, though it would once again take a swift late effort to get the nod over his nearest rival Jonathan Rea.

Still, Checa's effort of 1min 48.178secs was good enough to put four tenths between himself and Rea around the Italian circuit, which saw two wins for Ducati last season.

Behind Rea, Leon Haslam gave Max Biaggi and Aprilia something to think about with the third fastest time. By contrast, the champion-elect well down in 14th position as he embarked on a quiet start to the weekend.

As expected, Ducati were strong with both Althea and Xerox riders inside the top ten, Noriyuki Haga leading Michel Fabrizio and Shane Byrne in fourth, fifth and sixth.

Cal Crutchlow continued to lead Yamaha's charge in a solid seventh, while BMW got both of its riders inside the top ten in eighth and tenth, the newly re-signed Troy Corser leading Ruben Xaus. The pair were split by Tom Sykes, who continued to show impressive pace on the Kawasaki despite suffering a fall mid-session.

Further back, James Toseland finished his day in 12th position, while Ian Lowry was 21st on the second factory Kawasaki.


Tagged as: Checa , Haslam , Imola , Althea Ducati

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Perenialnovice - Unregistered

September 24, 2010 7:19 PM

Thanks Don-R I was watching the laps unfold on the website 'live timing'. Tozeland was going a tenth quicker every lap. And was around 8th for the back end of the sesh. then he obviously pitted with only 4 minutes left which I thought was a bit tight. Then he came out and his splits were way off. This artical should have mentioned the rain. I believe Haga may have had a chance then. Or Rea.



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