WSB: Fabrizio fastest again in QP1

Fabrizio won at Philip Island in 2010

Michel Fabrizio has shown that this mornings fastest time was not a one off, as he has topped the first qualification practice session at Phillip Island. Followed by factory Aprilia man Eugene Laverty by just under eight hundredths of a second.

BMW’s Marco Melandri who led most of the session placed 4th with Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier in 4th leading a line of Brits, Davies 5th, Haslam 6th and Tom Sykes 7th. Guigliano and Guintoli took 8th and 9th respectively, meaning all four Aprilias made it into the top ten.

Wildcard Jamie Stauffer continued to impress in 11th, ahead of 2011 champion Carlos Checa who had to stop during the session due to dizziness. Max Neukirchner rounds out the top 13, who were all within 1 second of eachother, showing that WSB could very well be seriously competitive.

Riding wounded Loris Baz, Ayrton Badovini and Jules Cluzel are much further down the field than would be expected. The superbikes are back out on track tomorrow for the second qualification practice, followed by a free practice and then Superpole, which will be broadcast live on British Eurosport from 04:30 GMT.

Times below.

Phillip Island – FIM Superbike World Championship – Qualifying 1

1. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.317
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.392
3. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’31.539
4. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’31.608
5. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’31.638
6. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.687
7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’31.754
8. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.793
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.863
10. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.884
11. Jamie Stauffer (Team Honda Racing) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.984
12. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati Panigale 1199 1’32.063
13. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati Panigale 1199 1’32.243
14. Glen Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.352
15. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.497
16. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati Panigale 1199 1’32.540
17. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.757
18. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.801
19. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.898
20. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.082
21. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.305
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