2011 WSBK Aragon QP1 Result: Melandri Beats Checa For Provisional Pole

Marco Melandri's form continues, the factory Yamaha rider taking provisional pole in the World Superbike class on Friday, after topping free practice in the morning session at Motorland Aragon. Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa is once again 2nd, this time with more of a gap to Melandri, and unable to break the two minute barrier as he did this morning. Pata Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga is in 3rd, just ahead of the factory Alitalia Aprilia of Leon Camier, while Kawasaki's Tom Sykes is sandwiched between Camier and his teammate Max Biaggi. 

After Checa, the gaps are close: a tenth of a second separates 3rd from 7th, and just under a second covers 2nd to 14th. Qualifying continues tomorrow, and the final grid positions will be determined during Superpole on Saturday afternoon.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.726  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 2'00.073 0.347
3 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.214 0.488
4 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.253 0.527
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.267 0.541
6 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.309 0.583
7 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.324 0.598
8 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'00.377 0.651
9 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 2'00.503 0.777
10 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'00.509 0.783
11 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.727 1.001
12 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 2'00.798 1.072
13 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.853 1.127
14 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'01.047 1.321
15 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.428 1.702
16 57 L. LANZI BMW S1000 RR 2'01.475 1.749
17 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'01.484 1.758
18 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.527 1.801
19 77 C. VERMEULEN Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.567 1.841
20 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 2'01.829 2.103


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You spread shows Haga in 3rd, but your words list him as 4th.

Either way, nice ride Nori!

does anyone know if his team is using Magneti Marelli electronics?

I imagine that a big clause in BMW's satellite contract is that they'd control the electronics, perhaps even with a factory-electronics worker in their pits as well (ala motogp). One thing's for sure, Haslam probably has smoke coming out of his ears. Badovini has been damn exciting to watch though, I love that dark-red livery, too.