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Home hope Smrz tops FP1

The home round for both himself and his Effenbert-Liberty Ducati team, Jakub Smrz is keen to better a previous best at Brno of just sixth.
Jakub Smrz's quest to give his fans something to cheer about during his home round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Brno got off to a good start in free practice as he topped the timesheets.

The Effenbert-Liberty Ducati rider comes to Brno as the Czech Republic's sole representative once more, the Donington Park and Miller Motorsports Park podium winner looking to improve on a best finish on home soil of just sixth place.

Striking in the final seconds of a session that came alive in the closing minutes, Smrz was just under two tenths faster than 'Brno-master' Max Biaggi, while his fellow MotoGP alumni Marco Melandri sneaked up into third position with his last lap.

Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio held down the quickest time mid-way through the session before settling for fourth quickest, ahead of Smrz's team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.

A fast-moving session, Leon Camier was fastest with just five minutes of the session to go, only to be dumped down to sixth at the chequered flag, while seventh place Carlos Checa and eighth place Leon Haslam also enjoyed spells at the top before dropping to the bottom end of the top ten.

Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty squeezed into the top ten in ninth and tenth, edging out Ruben Xaus, Noriyuki Haga and Joan Lascorz, who suffered a fall in the latter stages.

Elsewhere, James Toseland was 18th fastest in his first timed session since Miller Motorsports Park, while Alex Lowes's WSBK debut got off to a solid start in 19th place, 2.7secs off the pace. The youngster was classified ahead of Castrol Honda team-mate Xaus for much of the session, but would lose ground in the closing stages when he was unable to improve.

Chris Vermeulen, meanwhile, failed to set a lap time after crashing on his first flying lap and not returning to the circuit thereafter.



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Pizdoff - Unregistered

July 08, 2011 2:03 PM

Well done Mr Smrz but to finish first first you have to finish and all that ... not add another to your growing list of Brno DNFs. Could do very well if he stays on.

To Be Or Not To Be - Unregistered

July 08, 2011 5:17 PM

Why isn't Smrz gettin' the same alien status Simoncelli gets? And that ain't even close to a factory bike he's riding. I know he needs to change his passport, change his name to Smrzelli, get a factory bike, knock Biaggi, Checa and Melandri off and fall like crazy. Then he'll get the same recognition as Hair Ball.



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