Published on 04 May 2012 by Toni M.
This morning’s World Superbike round at Monza kicked off with Leon Haslam taking the top of the timesheets in the first free practice leading a bevy of of four BMW riders in the top five positions.
The BMW factory rider posted a best lap 1’43.042, that was just 0.007s faster than Michel Fabrizio on the BMW Italia satellite machine, while Marco Melandri was third after dominating most of the session with his British team mate.
The always fast Tom Sykes was fourth on his Kawasaki as he managed to break the BMW domination inserting himself ahead of another BMW rider, Ayrton Badovini.
Last year’s double winner Eugene Laverty was sixth but almost nine tenths off pace, ahead of teammate Max Biaggi in eighth, while Assen Race 2 winner Jonathan Rea was sandwiched between the two Aprilia riders in seventh, but the Honda rider posted a top speed 334 km/h which just 0.8 km/h slower that Max Biaggi’s last year’s record.
Niccolò Canepa who is nursing torn ligaments after his Assen crash, put his privateer Ducati into 9th on a track where everyone knows that the twins will suffer .The Superbike rookie was the fastest Ducati rider in the top ten, while reigning World champion Carlos Checa could only manage an 13th spot, while last week’s Race 1 winner Sylvain Guintoli was even further down the charts in 17th.
John Hopkins was 15th in his first outing at the Temple of Speed, while debuting Kawasaki rider Sergio Gadea who is replacing injured Joan Lascorz brought up the rear in 22nd.
WSBK Monza FP1 results:
01 Haslam Leon - BMW Motorrad Motorsport - BMW S1000 RR - 18 - 1′43.042
02 Fabrizio Michel - BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet - BMW S1000 RR - 17 - 1′43.049
03 Melandri Marco - BMW Motorrad Motorsport - BMW S1000 RR - 18 - 1′43.171
04 Sykes Tom - Kawasaki Racing Team - Kawasaki ZX-10R - 16 - 1′43.374
05 Badovini Ayrton - BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet - BMW S1000 RR - 19 - 1′43.893
06 Laverty Eugene - Aprilia Racing Team - Aprilia RSV4 Factory - 12 - 1′43.922
07 Rea Jonathan - Honda World Superbike Team - Honda CBR1000RR - 16 - 1′43.939
08 Biaggi Max - Aprilia Racing Team - Aprilia RSV4 Factory - 16 - 1′43.965
09 Canepa Niccolò - Red Devils Roma - Ducati 1098R - 16 - 1′44.119
10 Davies Chaz - ParkinGO MTC Racing - Aprilia RSV4 Factory - 14 - 1′44.151
11 Smrz Jakub - Liberty Racing Team Effenbert - Ducati 1098R - 18 - 1′44.174
12 Berger Maxime - Team Effenbert Liberty Racing - Ducati 1098R - 16 - 1′44.258
13 Checa Carlos - Althea Racing - Ducati 1098R - 17 - 1′44.445
14 Giugliano Davide - Althea Racing - Ducati 1098R - 16 - 1′44.565
15 Hopkins John - Crescent Fixi Suzuki - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - 17 - 1′44.569
16 Zanetti Lorenzo - PATA Racing Team - Ducati 1098R - 15 - 1′44.623
17 Guintoli Sylvain - Team Effenbert Liberty Racing - Ducati 1098R - 17 - 1′44.629
18 Camier Leon - Crescent Fixi Suzuki - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - 16 - 1′44.992
19 Salom David - Team Pedercini - Kawasaki ZX-10R - 17 - 1′45.226
20 Aoyama Hiroshi - Honda World Superbike Team - Honda CBR1000RR - 14 - 1′45.770
21 Mercado Leandro - Team Pedercini - Kawasaki ZX-10R - 18 - 1′46.088
22 Gadea Sergio - Kawasaki Racing Team - Kawasaki ZX-10R - 14 - 1′49.466