2011 WSBK Misano Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams from Friday at Misano:


Lowes fastest on Friday

PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes signalled his return to fitness by being fastest in practice before taking provisional pole position in qualifying for Sunday's fifth round of the World Supersport Championship at San Marino's Misano circuit.

Portuguese racer Miguel Praia is suffering from a broken bone in his shoulder and is just one second behind the top 10 and easing himself back into riding. There is another practice and qualifying session before the race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday 12th June.

Sam: "It is good to get back riding and back where we belong on the timesheets, I am really enjoying myself. My Parkalgar Honda is such a good package and I am happy with provisional pole but will be working hard to see if we can improve further. My target is the race win, plain and simple, On It."

Miguel: "My shoulder is little bit weak and is hard into left-handers and direction changes, but it is getting better all the time. The team are working with me with the bike to allow me to ride round the weakness better."

Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: "Sam's done a great job today, he is back to full fitness which shows with provisional pole. There is still some improvement to come from him and the bike so we will work together to try and secure our first pole of the season tomorrow.

"Miguel is OK but has lost a little bit of strength in his shoulder due to his injury. He is getting better each session and we are confident he can improve tomorrow."


Checa from Biaggi as first day of action winds up at Misano

Misano (San Marino), Friday 10 June 2011 – Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) ended up on the top slot in Friday's World Superbike qualifying session with a time of 1 minute 36.024 seconds, half-a-second quicker than Cal Crutchlow's lap record set during last year's race. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) went head-to-head with Checa for much of the session, but any last-minute attempt by the Italian to oust his rival from the top was thwarted by a crash by Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad) four minutes from the end that interrupted proceedings.

In the crash Corser suffered a bang on his head and was taken to the medical centre for checks but the Australian should be OK for tomorrow. The session was completed a short time afterwards, with Corser ending up fifth fastest at a circuit where he holds the qualifying record. Two more Italians are behind Biaggi; Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) and Michel Fabrizio (Alstare Suzuki), with Melandri's team-mate Eugene Laverty completing the top 6.

Jakub Smrz (Effenbert–Liberty Racing Ducati) pushed his way to seventh on his big twin, one place up on the Aprilia Pata machine of Noriyuki Haga. Sylvain Guintoli, Smrz' team-mate went ninth, with the top ten being rounded out by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike), with six different manufacturers represented in the top ten places. Top Honda rider was Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) in 12th, while comeback kid Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished his first day at Misano in 22nd place.

In a close qualifying session the top 21 riders were within 1.5 seconds of the top spot. Final qualifying and the Tissot Superpole contest take place on Saturday 11th June.

Times: 1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing), Ducati 1098R, 1'36.024. 2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team), Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1'36.149. 3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team), Yamaha YZF R1, 1'36.482. 4. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare), Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1'36.546. 5. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), BMW S1000 RR, 1'36.656. 6. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team), Yamaha YZF R1, 1'36.683. 7. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing), Ducati 1098R 1'36.713, 8. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia), Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1'36.728. 9. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing), Ducati 1098R, 1'36.753. 10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike), Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1'36.793. 11. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), BMW S1000 RR, 1'36.810. 12. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda), Honda CBR1000RR, 1'36.824. 13. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team), Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1'36.984. 14. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), BMW S1000 RR, 1'37.059. 15. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.), Ducati 1098R, 1'37.073, etc.

World Supersport

Sam Lowes made a clear impression on the rest of the field at the Misano World Circuit as the Parkalgar Honda man went quickest in the first qualifying session. His time of 1 minute 39.618 seconds was good enough to take the provisional pole away from points leader (equal with Luca Scassa) and Yamaha ParkinGO's Chaz Davies.

Two Kawasaki Motocard.com machines were next up with David Salom and Broc Parkes in third and fourth, while former champion Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was fifth. Wild-card entry, but also Italian champion, Ilario Dionisi (Honda Italia) proved to be a true revelation as he posted the sixth quickest time, with Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Honda) and Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) right behind.

Times: 1. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda), Honda CBR600RR, 1'39.541. 2. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'39.618. 3. David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com), Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.795. 4. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com), Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1'39.897. 5. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Honda CBR600RR, 1'40.133. 6. Ilario Dionisi (Honda Italia Improve FG), Honda CBR600RR, 1'40.141. 7. Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team), Honda CBR600RR, 1'40.454. 8. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Honda CBR600RR, 1'40.467. etc.

Superstock 1000

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team Ducati) took the top slot in this afternoon's Superstock 1000 qualifying session, his time of 1'39.118 just ahead of points leader Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati). A German bike was right behind the two Italian machines, Sylvain Barrier taking his BMW Motorrad Italia S 1000RR machine to third place. Andrea Antonelli (Lorini Honda) was next up, with former champion Niccolò Canepa (GOELEVEN Kawasaki) finally producing good form in sixth ahead of Monza winner Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock team).

Times: 1. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team), Ducati 1098R, 1'39.118. 2. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing), Ducati 1098R, 1'39.550. 3. Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock), BMW S1000 RR, 1'39.776. 4. Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini), Honda CBR1000RR, 1'39.891. 5. Niccolò Canepa(Goeleven), Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1'39.911. 6. Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock), BMW S1000 RR, 1'40.089. 7. Sheridan Morais (Lorenzini by Leoni), Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1'40.262. 8. Michele Magnoni (Baru Racing Team), BMW S1000 RR, 1'40.306., etc.

Superstock 600

Wild-card rider Giuliano Gregorini (Trasimeno Yamaha) set the quickest time in the first qualifying session for European Superstock 600, ahead of regular campaigner Dino Lombardi (Martini Corse Yamaha), currently second in the points standings. Third quickest was another domestic rider, Christian Gamarino (GOELEVEN Kawasaki), while Stéphane Egea (ASPI Yamaha) was the first foreign interloper in fourth, with the promising Australian Jed Metcher (MTM-RT Yamaha) next up ahead of another youngster, Francesco Cocco (Martini Corse Yamaha) in sixth.

Times: 1. Giuliano Gregorini (RCGM Team), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'41.896. 2. Dino Lombardi (Martini Corse), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'42.496. 3. Christian Gamarino (Goeleven), Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1'42.499. 4. Stèphane Egea (Team ASPI), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'42.718. 5. Jed Metcher (MTM-RT Motorsports Team), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'42.755. 6. Francesco Cocco (Martini Corse), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'42.799. 7. Riccardo Russo (Team Trasimeno), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'42.831. 8. Luca Vitali (Forwards Racing Jr Team), Yamaha YZF R6, 1'43.007. etc.

The ‘Two Countries Cup', featuring riders from the Russian Federation and Italy, is on the Misano race card and the first qualifying session was headed by Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) who went over a second faster than his nearest rival, Stefano Togni (Str lg Factory Yamaha). The next five riders were all from Italy, Andrea Agnelli (Clinica della Moto Yamaha) the third fastest overall, with one more qualifying session remaining.


Foret satisfied with Supersport return

Fabien Foret set the fifth fastest time in this afternoon's first qualifying session for Sunday's fifth round World Supersport championship at Misano in Italy. Fellow Honda rider Sam Lowes set the fastest time as Foret's Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Florian Marino, was eighth.

After a four week lay off, the World Supersport riders were happy to take to the 4.226km Misano circuit – all except joint series leader Luca Scassa, who has been disqualified from this, his home round, after infringing testing regulations.

With showers forecast for tomorrow afternoon, it was important for both Hannspree Ten Kate Honda riders to bank a good qualifying time today. With both on the provisional second row, the French duo is satisfied but knows there is more work to do to improve their positions tomorrow.

Fabien Foret – P5, 1m40.133s

Well, I'm not really happy with my positi on, but I'm quite happy with the bike and my performance at the moment. The important thing is that I can move around the bike without any problems now for the first time this season. It feels normal on the bike, but now I need to get used to riding the way I did before and to build my confidence again. We need to change some things to improve the time and my position tomorrow, but I'm comfortable on the bike now and that makes everything much easier.

Florian Marino – P8, 1m40.467s

It was quite hard this afternoon – harder than this morning – because I was having to fight the bike quite a lot. It felt like it wanted to go one way when I wanted to go in another direction! We need to be working together more but at least I managed to save things by jumping from P16 to the second row at the end of the session. For sure we need to change some things to improve our position more tomorrow and it'll be much better when we can find those solutions.


BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Misano - Qualifying Practice

The sixth round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Misano (ITA) started with mixed emotions for the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. This Friday morning went well with works riders, Leon Haslam (GBR) and Troy Corser (AUS), finishing third and fourth in the first Free Practice. But in the final minutes of the first Qualifying Session Troy crashed in Turn 8 and had to be taken to the Medical Centre. After being checked by the medical staff it was found he had suffered no serious injuries. The decision as to whether it will be possible for him to ride tomorrow will be taken tomorrow morning according to his physical conditions. Troy provisionally qualified fifth. Leon tried several solutions for his BMW S 1000 RR and finished the day 11th.

Troy Corser:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:37.191 min (P4)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice: 1:36.656 min (P5)

Leon Haslam:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:37.090 min (P3)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:36.810 min (P11)

"It was quite a good day. We were trying a lot of different strategies with the bike, and I think we have made some positive moves today. We were not really caring about lap times, and did most of the session with the same tyre. Then at the end of the session, I still put in my best time after ten laps. Now we just have to put all the bits and pieces together for tomorrow, but I am feeling pretty confident."

Rainer Bäumel (Head of Race Operations):

"After the checks in the Medical Centre the doctor told us Troy seems to be okay with no serious injuries. He obviously was following Carlos Checa and then highsided in a pretty fast corner heavily.

"On the track, this Friday was not too bad for us. We tested quite a few new things and now we have to work on the set-up. All in all, it is going in a good direction. We now just hope that Troy is okay and will be able to ride tomorrow without any physical restrictions."


THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM AND RIDER CHECA CONTINUE TO DOMINATE; FIRST PLACE IN FIRST QUALIFYING TODAY AT MISANO

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 10th June: In warm and humid conditions (with 25C air temperature and 45C on track), Althea Racing's Carlos Checa took to the Misano World Circuit and continued to impress his rivals, concluding both practice and qualifying in first position and recording some extremely fast lap times in the process.

In this morning's free practice, the potential podium contenders immediately made their presence felt but it was Carlos, ahead of Biaggi and Corser, who dominated, at the top of the timesheets for the entire session. He recorded a fastest lap of 1m36.4 in the final stages, thus improving on the already fast lap he had made much earlier on in the session.

During qualifying, which took place on an even hotter track, the Althea Racing flagbearer made numerous laps with consistently fast times (all under 1m37). He recorded his overall fastest time in the latter stages of the session, a 1m36.024 which permitted him to close in first position overall, an important result also considering the chances of wet weather tomorrow. At the end of this first day, Checa and his team declared themselves satisfied with the work completed and the provisional pole obtained.

Carlos Checa:

"We've made a good start today and we maintain the speed and rhythm of previous events; I feel I am able to ride the bike more or less at the limit. We had good feeling with the bike at Miller and also have useful information from the testing we did here at Misano a month ago so those factors have surely helped us here today. We saw some positive results during testing and those have given us a good base. Today it was important to test the tyres on the dry track as tomorrow rain is forecast and we need to know how the tyres behave in all conditions. We perhaps had a small advantage today but we know that Biaggi and Melandri will be there on Sunday and the races will be tough. Anything could happen come Sunday but the important thing is that we know we are competitive."


Ellison tenth and targets front row

BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's James Ellison was tenth quickest in today's opening qualifying session for Sunday's World Supersport race at Misano and is showing good potential for tomorrow after late set up changes made to his bike.

Pawel Szkopek was 18th on the provisional grid and pleased with his pace and progress. He will be looking to improve his times further tomorrow. Bogdanka PTR Honda's Superstock 1000 rider, Marcin Walkowiak, finds himself 30th on the grid after the opening qualifying.

James Ellison: "The team has found something today to solve a problem I've had on corner entry at Assen and Monza and it was a completely different bike, a lot easier to ride, just like at Donington Park. I'm still learning the track so I was pleasantly surprised to be in tenth position this morning. In the afternoon there was a lot of slow riders waiting for a tow and I didn't have a single clean lap. The bike worked really good on a soft tyre and I've had a lot of grip so I'm confident we can put it on the front row tomorrow."

Pawel Szkopek: "It was a great decision to test in the UK recently because this allowed me to go really quickly today and feel very confident at Misano. I'm sure we can have a good race and make it to the finish in a strong position. Hopefully the weather will allow us go to faster tomorrow, because I know where I can improve and then have a solid result on Sunday."

Marcin Walkowiak: "Things didn't go off to a great start but we know in which direction to go for tomorrow. The setup we've found in testing at Mallory and Donington Park was great but doesn't quite work here so we need to go back to the setup we had during the test we had here a few weeks ago. I was two seconds faster back then than I was today, so we know we can go quicker. I just hope it will stay dry for tomorrow."


Yamaha World Superbike Riders on Top Form in Misano

Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures provided ideal track conditions for Yamaha World Superbike riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty to complete a successful first qualifying session in Misano world circuit. Both World Superbike Rookies took to the track in this morning's free practice on their YZF-R1s for the first time and got straight down to business testing various set ups on their machines ahead of the afternoon's first qualifying session. Unlike most other competing riders Melandri and Laverty, did not test in Misano last month, but despite this disadvantage they completed first qualifying practice in third and sixth position respectively.

Melandri didn't hesitate to make most of his familiarity with his local track and regain confidence, stilted following the disappointing results in Miller just less than two weeks ago. The Romagnolo continued to make progress throughout the free practice and first qualifying session as he searched for the optimum setting for the Misano circuit, putting in his fastest lap towards the end of the red flagged session, to complete in the third place, just four tenths of a second off Checa in the lead. Team-mate Laverty was also on top form making constant progress throughout the 18 laps completed and ended the session in sixth place, less than two tenths off his Italian team-mate.

Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 3rd, 1'36.482

"This afternoon's session went quite well. We tried various different set up options one after another and gradually improved the overall performance. We also tried a better tyre option which produced improved results. Hopefully it will remain dry tomorrow so we have the opportunity to further improve on today's setting and work on choosing a race tyre for Sunday. The team has been working very hard and has done a great job. Let's hope that we'll find the perfect set up to be as competitive as we can be and should be and have two good races on Sunday."

Eugene Laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 6th, 1'36.713

"This morning didn't go so well, we ended the session down in 17th position but I wasn't concerned because I had quite a good feeling on the bike. Having said that we did have a little wheeling issue but seen as it's my first time riding a Superbike, I think that was to be expected. The team worked hard and improved that before this afternoon's session which went much better. Checa was fast in the tests here a month ago, he was fast again today so it was great to be so close to him after just one day on the track with my R1. Hopefully tomorrow will be dry enabling us to work some more on the Sunday's race set up which is already at a good point."

Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"It was a good start to the weekend for both riders considering that we have't tested the track unlike many other riders out there today. We made the most of this morning to gather data and see how to improve from there. Both riders made great progress. Eugene suffered from a wheeling problem in one particular section in this morning's practice so he and the team worked hard to resolve this before this afternoon session. Marco had a chance to regain confidence after the disappointing weekend in Miller. It's important to be consistent throughout the race to enable him to get good results and reduce the gap between him and Checa in the lead. Both teams worked hard on finding a suitable the race set up, considering they may not have the same opportunity tomorrow if the rain doesn't hold off. They still need to choose the right tyre depending on track temperatures but we are satisfied with the results today."


Chaz Davies Shines in Misano's First Qualifying

Leader in the 2011 Word Supersport standings and winner of the last two rounds of the championship, Chaz Davies got back on his R6 machine today after over a month's break between races and got straight down to business in Misano to shine in today's sunny first Qualifying session. The Brit spent this morning's free practice session shaking off the rust and getting re-acquainted with his powerful machine ahead of the afternoon's session where he proceeded to be consistently fast and completed the day in second place, just less than a tenth off Lowes in first place.

Team-mate Luca Scassa is not participating in this weekend's race,disqualified by race direction following an infringement of the rules. Giugliano Rovelli, Yamaha ParkinGò team manager, has taken this opportunity to temporarily stand in and ride his private YZF-R6 in Misano. He will not be riding the Yamaha Motor Europe World Supersport machine which Chaz Davies is competing on and which Luca Scassa will return to ride in Arragon next week.

Chaz Davies

Yamaha ParkinGo Team

"Not a bad day even though I felt a bit rusty this morning after a few weeks off. Things clicked better into place this afternoon and the qualifying session went well. This is also very important as tomorrow it could rain so Im glad that today's set up felt good."


FABRIZIO 4TH ON MISANO WSB 1ST DAY

Team Suzuki Press Office - June 10.

Team Alstare Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio recorded the fourth fastest time in qualifying on the opening day of practice and qualifying at the Misano World Superbike Championship sixth round in Italy today.

Italian Fabrizio - now fully fit - posted a lap of 1:36.546 and is now looking forward to consolidating a front-row grid-position in tomorrow's final qualifying and Superpoles.

Series leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) set the fastest lap; just over a 10th-of-a-second ahead of reigning Champion Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and well-inside the current lap record. Third fastest today is Marco Melandri (Yamaha) - less than a 10th-of-a-second ahead of Fabrizio, with the top 13 separated by less than a second.

Michel Fabrizio - 4th, 1:36.546:

"Today went pretty well and I am fairly happy with how things worked out. I found the morning a little difficult and was only seventh quickest. The afternoon session went much better and I was able to improve and make the fourth-fastest lap. Despite the recent rain, the track's grip was not so bad today and really my only little problem was with grip.

"This track is not an easy track - it's very technical and for me the hardest part is the first section because there are many changes of direction and it's important to have a really good bike set-up. If you can get through the first section well, then you can make a good lap. At the moment, the engine feels pretty good and the only thing we will work on tomorrow morning is the suspension - trying to improve the bike's set-up so that I can get through the first section better. Fourth is quite good on day one, but I'll be even more happy if I am fourth or better after Superpole because that'll mean my first front-row grid position of the year."


Corser ready to race.

After his crash yesterday Troy Corser has been given the green light to ride in today's sessions at Misano.

Misano, 11th June 2011. Good news for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport and works rider, Troy Corser. After his heavy crash in yesterday's first Qualifying Session, the Australian has been cleared to continue participating at the sixth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2011 at Misano (ITA).

After his highsider Troy was taken to the Medical Centre yesterday afternoon. According to the first medical checks he suffered no serious injuries, but severe bruising on his lower back, his right hip and right elbow. He also has some abrasions to the skin. This morning another examination at the Medical Centre followed and Troy was given the green light to ride.

Troy Corser:

"I am okay. Actually I feel better than I thought I would this morning. I am still a bit stiff on my back and my hip. But I had a good night of sleep, so we will see. Generally I feel not too bad. I know that it is going to be hard work on the bike. I will do just some laps this morning. It is good that we tested here, so we do not have to do a lot of laps as we have a pretty good setting for the bike already."


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