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Mixed fortunes for Laverty, Melandri on day one

Eugene Laverty gets his 2011 World Superbike campaign off to a strong start with a 'provisional' third, but Marco Melandri can only manage 12th.
The first day of Yamaha's 2011 World Superbike campaign got off to a mixed start as Eugene Laverty showed his hand with an impressive run to third in first qualifying at Phillip Island, but Marco Melandri struggled with set-up issues.

Though the Irishman had vowed to concentrate on race set-up this weekend, a push during Q1 to all but guarantee him a spot in Saturday's Superpole got him under the 1min 32secs marker.

Landing him third overall behind Carlos Checa and Sylvain Guintoli, Laverty says he will now go back to focusing on race set-up in Q2 and FP2 before the all-important Superpole session.

“I'm very satisfied with my position today, I didn't expect to be that high up in the standings although my aim was to do a 1.31 to get me through to Superpole tomorrow, so I was expecting the lap time but not the position.

“We learnt a bit more today for our race set up but we still need to work on a bit of consistency. Thankfully we can now focus tomorrow morning on race set up.”

On the other side of the garage, team-mate Melandri had what he described as 'a very bad day' after suffering with issues on the R1. Taking a tumble in Q2, the Italian says he will now re-focus for Saturday in the effort to lift himself into the top ten.

“It was a very bad day for me today everything seemed to be going wrong,” Melandri, who ended the day in 12th, said.”Definitely a no meaning day, I will start fresh tomorrow! I lost the front when I was trying a harder front tyre, I had no feeling in it and suddenly it was just gone. Tomorrow we will go for a different tyre and a set up we know so we should be much better, I am confident we will be up there.”



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