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Checa sets the pace at Brno

The Spaniard gets his quest to extend a 43 point lead in the overall World Superbike standings off to a good start by topping Q1 at Brno.
Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa sent out a warning to his World Superbike Championship title rivals by claiming the fastest time in first qualification at Brno.

Having maintained a fairly low profile during first free practice around the Czech circuit, Checa swept to the top of the timesheets with less than ten minutes remaining to displace long-time pace setter Jakub Smrz.

The championship leader would stop the clock at 1min 59.322secs, leaving him more than two tenths up on Smrz, who held down second place around his local circuit.

Behind the two Ducatis, Yamaha riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty completed the day in third and fourth positions, while Checa's closest title rival Max Biaggi was fifth fastest.

Tom Sykes lifted his Kawasaki into sixth position, ahead of the sole factory BMW of Leon Haslam, while Michel Fabrizio, Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini completed the top ten.

Leon Camier was 11th fastest, despite losing time with a technical issue on his Aprilia RSV-4, while Alex Lowes's WSBK initiation hit a snag in Q1 after a crash during the early stages. He returned to the circuit, but could only manage the 21st fastest time.

Currently, Lowes is joined by Roberto Rolfo, Matteo Baiocco, Joan Lascorz, Chris Vermeulen and Viktor Kispataki in the provisional drop zone ahead of the crucial Q2 session tomorrow morning.



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Jake - Unregistered

July 09, 2011 1:24 AM

Why is it some people can just never give credit where it's due? Is the Ducati a good bike? Of course it is but it's not absolutely better then everything else. If you took Checa away then there first Ducati would be 12th. Last year the factory Ducati couldn't find their way out of a paper bag. Checa and his team have simply done a better and more consistent job then everyone else. Last year it was Max and Aprilia. Also in regards to this MotoGP/Prototype bike in WSBK that is simply BS. It is nothing more then what factories use to do in the past and that was build a race bike first and street second. Again Aprilia got it right last year and deserved their title just like Ducati, Yamaha and Honda before them

SKiwi1 - Unregistered

July 08, 2011 9:12 PM

Just to refresh a few memories there were actually plenty of people on here repeatedly quoting , amongst others, Ben Spies' quote (I think) that Aprilia had a MotoGP bike in WSBK. So plenty of people were bleating about it. Best thing Ducati did was to get rid of Haga and Fabrizio - see 'fading star' and 'occasional flash in the pan'. These days Carlos is a well rounded, experienced racer enjoying his chosen career and is riding as well as he ever has and there are grids full of guys on their best presented bikes determined to dislodge him from the front every other week. If you believe the 200cc 'advantage' from a crappy old twin wipes out the Fantastic Fours then you dont understand the different characteristics of the bikes and what they each offer. Monza ring any bells? Honda SP-1, Aprilia RSVR, Suzuki TL1000R, Bimota SB8R, Harley Davidson VR1000R and even the Mondial Piega. All either had a go at creating a '4' beater or intended to and then decided it was too hard and did it d



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