WSBK: Melandri sets early pace in delayed QP1 at Monza

Melandri finished day one on top at home track
Photo: World SBK

BMW Motorrad Goldbet rider Marco Melandri has finished the first qualifying session of the weekend at the top of the timing sheets, in tricky weather conditions at Monza.

An oil spillage and damp track conditions caused QP1 to be delayed, however once the session finally got going the track had more grip and the riders were able to understand their race pace ahead of Superpole tomorrow. Kawasaki Racing’s Loris Baz set the first fastest lap of the session, a cautious time of 1.48.878, this was soon to be brought down to 1.45.727 by Britain’s Chaz Davies, who crashed at turn 8 not long after setting the fastest time of the session. The Welshman walked away unscathed and went back out on his BMW once it had been repaired.

Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes was the first rider to bring the times down to 1.44’s, but the Yorkshire Grinner didn’t lead the way for long as World Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli soon set a time of 1.43.826 which put him in first position. The French rider remained unchallenged for the final 20 minutes of the session, until Italian Marco Melandri stormed to the top of the timing sheets setting a time close to Max Biaggi’s lap record. Melandri’s time of 1.42.883 put him 0.627 ahead of Guintoli and secured his place in provisional pole position ahead of Superpole on Saturday.

Jonathan Rea shot up into second position ahead of Guintoli with two minutes of the session to go finishing just 0.274 seconds behind Melandri’s time. Tom Sykes finished in fourth position and Italian Davide Guigliano rounded out the top five, 0.740 off his compatriots time. Michel Fabrizio finished the session in sixth, ahead of Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty in seventh and Loris Baz in eighth. Injured Leon Camier put his Fixi Crescent Suzuki in 9th position with teammate Jules Cluzel who rounding out the top ten.

Results below:

1. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’42.883

2. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’43.157
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.510
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’43.521
5. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.623
6. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.849
7. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.956
8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’43.961
9. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’44.106
10. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’44.466
11. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’44.763
12. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’44.823
13. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’44.992
14. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1’45.855
15. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’46.336
16. Fabrizio Lai (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’47.192
17. Kosuke Akiyoshi (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’47.201
18. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’47.509
19. Mark Aitchison (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1’47.521
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