WSBK: Round #7 - Imola Qualifying Report

Tom Sykes qualifying action from Imola

WSBK Press Release:

In the opening day of Round 7 Tom Sykes managed to steal the show by placing himself on top in Qualifying 1 after the 1st place achieved in late morning's free practice. Last year's runner up set a 1'47.218 seconds lap-time in his penultimate attempt to edge a competitive Jonathan Rea, who did a good job to close up on the lead in the final stages.

The national flag for the round was well represented today, as Michel Fabrizio ended up third ahead of fellow Italian riders Ayrton Badovini, who achieved his best finish in qualifying so far in 2013, Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri, all within 0.259 seconds of each other.

Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli completed the session in 7th place, followed by Leon Camier, team-mate Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz, who had a spectacular crash at Turn 6 that led to a quick Red Flag halfway through the session. The young Frenchman walked away from the run-off area uninjured. Returning Noriyuki Haga had a difficult debut day of his one-event participation, as he finished 17th ahead of team mate Vittorio Iannuzzo.

Times:

1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'47.218 average 165.733 kph

2. Rea (Honda) 1'47.330

3. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 1'47.619

4. Badovini (Ducati) 1'47.674

5. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'47.704

6. Melandri (BMW) 1'47.788

7. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'47.878

8. Camier (Suzuki) 1'48.147

9. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'48.316

10. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'48.668

11. Davies (BMW) 1'48.697

12. Checa (Ducati) 1'48.721

13. Haslam (Honda) 1'48.725

14. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1'49.150

15. Neukirchner (Ducati) 1'49.194

16. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1'49.987

17. Haga (BMW) 1'51.680

18. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'52.268

19. Lundh (Kawasaki) 1'52.471

Sam Lowes qualifying action from Imola

World Supersport – Sam Lowes Dominates the Field:

Championship leader Sam Lowes has set the pace in today's Qualifying 1, topping the time sheets courtesy of a 1'51.104 seconds lap-time, already the new best Lap. The young Brit was already on the lead in the closing stages, but decided to push for an even quicker time to try an break into the 1'50s bracket. Rookie Riccardo Russo ended up with a promising second place ahead of the duo of Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti, Luca Scassa and Vladimir Ivanov.

PTR Honda Sheridan Morais was 7th, followed by Fabien Foret, Irishman Jack Kennedy, Andrea Antonelli and Foret's team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu. The defending Champion had a tough time in this session, compared to the 5th place he achieved in the morning Free Practice. Russian Vladimir Leonov was out of contention for almost the entire session, as he suffered a technical problem on his YZF-R6 during his second lap on track, just six minutes after the start of Qualifying 1.

Times:

1. Lowes (Yamaha) 1'51.104 average 159.937 kph

2. Russo (Kawasaki) 1'51.826

3. Vd Mark (Honda) 1'52.083

4. Zanetti (Honda) 1'52.259

5. Scassa (Kawasaki) 1'52.365

6. Ivanov (Kawasaki) 1'52.713

7. Morais (Honda) 1'52.716

8. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'52.777

9. Kennedy (Honda) 1'52.785

10. Antonelli (Kawasaki) 1'52.867

Niccolo Canepa qualifying action from Imola

Superstock 1000 – Perfect Lap for Niccolò Canepa:

Niccolò Canepa has put in an incredible 1'50.338 seconds lap-time to secure provisional pole-position over team mate Eddi La Marra after Qualifying 1. The young but experienced rider from Genova was the only one able to lap within the 1'50s, showing an outstanding form in front of his home crowd. Defending Champion Sylvain Barrier ended up third onboard his BMW HP4, ahead of Argentinean Leandro Mercado.

The fifth place of Czech rider Ondrej Jezek further proves the competitiveness of the 1199 Panigale on the Italian venue. Monza race winner Lorenzo Savadori, after the disappointing DNF at Portimao, finished sixth onboard his Kawasaki, followed by Romain Lanusse, Marco Bussolotti and Jeremy Guarnoni, surprisingly 9th.

Times:

1. Canepa (Ducati) 1'50.338 average 161.047 kph

2. La Marra (Ducati) 1'51.153

3. Barrier (BMW) 1'51.169

4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 1'51.599

5. Jezek (Ducati) 1'51.649

6. Savadori (Kawasaki) 1'52.254

7. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 1'52.475

8. Bussolotti (BMW) 1'53.020

9. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'53.070

10. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'53.087

Alessandro Nocco qualifying action from Imola

Superstock 600 – Nocco Leads the Way:

The first qualifying session for the Superstock 600 European Championship saw the Kawasaki duo of Alessandro Nocco and Franco Morbidelli - race winner last time out at Portimao - leading the timsheets under the cloudy skies of Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. The two young Italian riders lapped in the low 1'54 seconds, to finish ahead of Christian Gamarino and Tony Covena.

The 21 year old Dutchman was setting to improve his lap-time towards the end of the 45-minute session, but a technical problem on his ZX-6R forced him to give up during his last attempt before the checkered flag. Home riders have been absolute protagonist this afternoon, as 5th place Nicola Morrentino heads a 4-way "Made in Italy" pack, followed by Luca Salvadori, wildcard Roberto Mercandelli and Stefano Casalotti.

Championship leader Gauthier Duwelz had a tough Qualifying 1 as the Belgian crashed unhurt at Turn 6, meaning he had to sit out for the last 10 minutes of the session, to eventually end up twelfth behind team mate Adrian Nestorovic.

Times:

1. Nocco (Kawasaki) 1'54.299 average 155.466 kph

2. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 1'54.377

3. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 1'54.850

4. Coveña (Kawasaki) 1'54.876

5. Morrentino (Yamaha) 1'55.173

6. Salvadori (Yamaha) 1'55.427

7. Mercandelli (Yamaha) 1'55.641

8. Casalotti (Yamaha) 1'55.703

9. Chesaux (Honda) 1'55.703

10. Tuuli (Yamaha) 1'55.749

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