World Supersport title contender Eugene Laverty has revealed that he would consider switch back to the MotoGP paddock to race in GP2 if the right ride is available.
Laverty spent two years riding uncompetitive machinery in 250GP’s and switched to World Supersport in 2009 where he has been a revelation. The 23 year old Irishman currently sits 17 points behind factory Yamaha man Cal Crutchlow having already taken three wins this season.
Speaking about his future plans, Laverty said: “My original intention was to sidestep to the World Supersport Championship and show that I was capable of winning races then return to GPs on a winning package. So far half the job is done, now all I need is the latter to fall into place. It could be 2010, but I’m prepared to wait until 2011 if that’s what it takes. All any man wants from life is to be shown the respect he deserves, that’s why I need to go back, but I’m not just going to jump at the first opportunity to return to that paddock.”
Laverty is also in ongoing talks with his Parkalgar Honda team about 2010. One potential option is that he could graduate with the team in to WSB and would clearly have the option to stay in WSS for another season if the teams move to WSB didn’t materialise. There have also been rumours linking him to Cal Crutchlow’s current factory Yamaha ride.
Cal Crutchlow is confident he will be riding for a factory-backed World Superbike Championship team in 2010, but admits he is not ruling out the possibility of defecting to the newly formed Moto2 series.
The Yamaha rider has taken the World Supersport Championship by storm this season and is now just four races away from becoming the first non-Ten Kate Honda rider to win the title since 2001.
Although the rider market currently stagnant as the series heads into its summer break, attention is nonetheless beginning to turn towards 2010, with Crutchlow expected to occupy the top of many ‘wanted’ lists.
Indeed, while Crutchlow wouldn’t be drawn on any specific interest from perspective employers, he reveals he has been approached by ‘a couple of factory teams’.
“My plans are good,” he told Crash.net. “I am sitting on a few offers from World Superbikes teams, including a couple of factory teams. It is an honour to be thought of in that sense, but I want to win the [Supersport] title first. I was employed by Yamaha to win the title and that is what I want to concentrate on.
Crutchlow is particularly confident that he could be riding a factory Yamaha in 2010, hinting at a clause in his contract that stipulates he can graduate to Superbikes if his results in Supersports are good enough.
His comments come despite Yamaha WSB boss Massimo Meregalli, in an interview with Crash.net, stating his desire to retain Ben Spies and Tom Sykes next season.
“I have a good team of people behind me who are working on next year and in a few weeks they will come to me and say ‘this is what is on the table, what do you want to do’,” he added. “I know what I’ve been told and there is no reason to suggest I won’t be on a World Superbike Yamaha next year. It would be stupid if it wasn’t in my contract.”
Despite his World Superbike options, Crutchlow adds he is seriously considering a move to the new Moto2 series, pointing out that it will be the quicker route to reaching his target of MotoGP.
“I have some very interesting things going on in the Moto2 paddock. It’s no secret that I want to end up in GPs in my career, that’s the pinnacle of racing. The way I look at it, you have to have an exceptional year in Superbikes and win it straight away, which isn’t really the norm. You’re going to be in World Superbikes for a few years before even considering getting to MotoGP, where as I have a bit of a fast track with Moto2.”
Keen to capitalise on his four-stroke experience, although Crutchlow concedes he has an ideal opportunity to move into World Superbikes with a race winning team, the ‘bigger picture’ of grand prix racing is a significant lure.
“I would go into Moto2 with four-stroke experience next year, unlike others, and I might have an advantage. I have to take that into consideration.
“People would say I’m stupid not to sign with the factory Yamaha team, or go with one of the other factory teams that we’re talking to, but I want to look at the bigger picture and go to MotoGP.
“I’m not saying I’m good enough to go to MotoGP at the moment, but I think I can go to Moto2 and do well. There is no reason why I shouldn’t go there, but I would like the opportunity to ride Superbikes again – I have proved I can do so.”
Last month, Eugene Laverty, Crutchlow’s key World Supersport title rival, revealed he wasn’t considering a return to the grand prix paddock in Moto2.
Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Ben Spies (Yamaha) scored a win apiece in round 10 of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship at Brno in front of a record 75,000 crowd. In race 1 the 25 points went to Biaggi after Spies had been wiped out by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), giving Aprilia its first win in its return season to WSB. The second race saw Spies take a deserved victory, after the American managed to hold off Biaggi in the final stages. Fabrizio finished third, while points leader Noriyuki Haga, still not in the best of physical condition, limited the damage and managed to hold on to his championship lead by seven points. Race 1 Biaggi scored his first win of the season and his first win since Vallelunga 2007 in the opening race at Brno in the Czech Republic. It was also Aprilia’s first win in the category since Régis Laconi’s victory at Imola in 2001. Second and third went to the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda duo of Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea. Biaggi actually had a lonely run to the chequered flag after the other two favourites Spies and Fabrizio were eliminated when the Italian crashed in a fast left-hander, taking down his American rival with him. It was a great day also for the other new manufacturer to the series, BMW, who had the satisfaction of seeing Troy Corser lead the opening two laps, the Australian eventually finishing fifth to score the team’s best result this season. Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) got another good result for the Italian team in sixth. It wasn’t all good news for BMW however as Ruben Xaus crashed out on the opening lap, fracturing the femur bone in his right leg in the process. Sixth place went to Czech rider Jakub Smrz (Guandakini Ducati), who recovered well to score a good result in front of his home crowd. Seventh was Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda) and eighth Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who ran a defensive race to try and score as many points as possible. Makoto Tamada took home a good result for Kawasaki, the Japanese rider finishing in tenth place. Max Biaggi: “It’s great! What can I say! When I crossed the start-finish I was so happy to be winning this race and I had so many flashbacks of Brno, I can feel that it is one of my favourite circuits. Of course I don’t want to take anything away from Spies and Fabrizio, they were both very fast, but I remember Barry Sheene used to say ‘To finish first, first you have to finish’ and this is a part of the deal. I put my head down and did not make any mistake, so a big thanks to all my crew, Aprilia and in particular Gigi Dall’Igna, the ‘papa’ of our bike!.” Carlos Checa: “It’s a good result for the team to get two riders on the podium and I think we did a very good job. At a certain point I thought maybe I could catch Max, but in the end I had to preserve my tyres as the right side in particular was not so good, and I could see there was no way. I settled for second as I could see that Johnny was 4 seconds behind.” Jonathan Rea: “Well, in Superpole we had to ride through the problems and get a good result and we did the same here in the race, so I feel quite fortunate to get a podium. We didn’t quite have the pace of Max , but my team have done a really good job. I really love this place, but I can’t understand why I had a slow start to the weekend.” Results 1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 40’18.306 (160,863 kph); 2. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 3.631; 3. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 9.948; 4. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 12.952; 5. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 14.599; 6. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 19.359; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 19.680;8. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 20.731; 9. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 21.923; 10. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.807; 11. Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 35.263; 12. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.535; 13. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 38.586; 14. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 40.061; 15. Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 40.280; 16. Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 40.641 Race 2 Spies powered into the lead shortly after the start to head towards his eleventh win of the season. It wasn’t easy however as the Texan had to keep Biaggi at bay, and the Italian took second at the end. Third went to Fabrizio, who lost contact with the leading pair in the last few laps. Despite his win, Spies was unable to overtake Haga at the top of the table. The Japanese rider ran a heroic second race to finish in sixth place, holding off a trio of Tom Sykes (Yamaha), Byrne and Smrz in the final stages. Just off the podium were the Ten Kate pairing of Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa, their positions inverted from race 1. Once again Corser was up at the front in the early stages, but this time the Australian finished in tenth. Ben Spies: “It was a tough race, Fabrizio was there and I had to push and make good lap times. When I saw Max was there, he arrived quite quick and I had to start braking very late and stopping almost in the middle of the corner to get good drive so he couldn’t come by me. The first race obviously wasn’t so good but we rallied together for the second race. That pass attempt was not the best move in the world, but that’s how racing goes sometimes. A big thanks also to the Clinica Mobile guys because I wasn’t feeling so good this weekend.”
Max Biaggi: “It’s a great result, I’m quite pleased, it’s not a victory but we proved that we have a lot of muscle and could fight with Fabrizio and Spies all the time. I stopped behind Fabrizio for quite a time, while Spies managed to pull away. In the end I passed him and went to catch Spies. I tried to brake very late, but I didn’t want to take him out like it was in the first race. We got a good result and it was a very good weekend here for Aprilia.” Michel Fabrizio: “It was really difficult to fight against Aprilia and Yamaha today. The only problem we had was coming out of the turns where I never quite managed to stay behind first Ben and then Max, but we should be happy with this third place and now we must look ahead.” Results 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 40’15.420 (161,055 kph); 2. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 0.213; 3. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 0.657; 4. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 8.311; 5. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 8.915; 6. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 21.175; 7. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 21.384; 8. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 21.599; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 21.726; 10. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 25.180; 11. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 25.612; 12. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 25.622; 13. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 26.246; 14. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 31.098; 15. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 32.706; 16. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 33.173 Points (after 10 of 14 rounds): 1. Haga 326; 2. Spies 319; 3. Fabrizio 273; 4. Rea 206; 5. Biaggi 200; 6. Haslam 180; 7. Sykes 150; 8. Checa 145; 9. Byrne 134; 10. Smrz 132. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 412; 2. Yamaha 362; 3. Honda 306; 4. Aprilia 207; 5. Suzuki 133; 6. BMW 87; 7. Kawasaki 53 World Supersport There was a sensational end to the Supersport race as Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) had to retire with a mechanical problem two laps from the flag as he was heading for another dominant victory, thus re-opening the title battle. His closest rival Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) had been struggling all weekend and could only finish fifth. The win, after the four-way battle for second turned into the fight for first, went to his team-mate Fabien Foret, who returned to the top slot for the first time since last year, the Frenchman thus wiping out all memories of his nasty crash here on this track twelve months ago. In the sprint finish, the runner-up slot went to Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda), who managed to get the better of the two increasingly competitive Kawasakis of Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara. South African Sheridan Morais put in a good run for sixth place, ahead of Italian Massimo Roccoli (Intermoto Honda) and Garry Mc Coy (ParkinGo Triumph), while the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team again had a disappointing day, their two champions Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt only finishing ninth and tenth respectively. Results 1. Foret F. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 37’14.367 (156,695 kph); 2. West A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 0.148; 3. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.289; 4. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.400; 5. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 6.823; 6. Morais S. (RSA) Yamaha YZF R6 14.896; 7. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 15.092; 8. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 15.634 Points (after 10 of 14 rounds): 1. Crutchlow 185; 2. Laverty 168; 3. Sofuoglu 128; 4. Lascorz 122; 5. West 95; 6. Foret 88; 7. Pitt 85; 8. Mccoy 63; 9. Aitchison 61; 10. Fujiwara 52. Manufacturers: 1. Honda 211 2. Yamaha 210 3. Kawasaki 133; 4. Triumph 77; 5. Suzuki 30 Superstock 1000 The Superstock 1000 FIM Cup round produced a real thriller. After leading for almost the entire race, Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda) crashed two turns from the chequered flag, throwing away a certain victory. The man who raised the winners’ champagne was Belgium’s Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox), who took his second win in a row and has now increased his overall points lead to 26 over Claudio Corti (Suzuki Alstare). The Italian could only finish sixth, because of vibration problems on his Suzuki right from the start. Second place went to Spain’s Javi Fores (Kawasaki Pedercini), who held off the Czech rider Ondrej Jezek (MS Racing Honda) in the final stages. In fourth place finished Frenchman Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Yamaha) ahead of Daniele Beretta (Ducati Xerox). Results : 1. Simeon X. (BEL) Ducati 1098R 24’52.839 (156,353 kph); 2. Fores J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 8.022; 3. Jezek O. (CZE) Honda CBR1000RR 8.079; 4. Barrier S. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 9.607; 5. Beretta D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 9.666; 6. Corti C. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 9.922; 7. Lundh A. (SWE) Honda CBR1000RR 18.270; 8. Mähr R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 19.494 Points (after 6 of 10 rounds): 1. Simeon 130; 2. Corti 104; 3. Fores 84; 4. Berger 82; 5. Barrier 67; 6. Beretta 56; 7. Jezek 48: 8. Baz 33; 9. Giuliano 25; 10. Savary 23. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 130; 2. Honda 108: 3. Suzuki 104; 4. Kawasaki 84, 5. Yamaha 75; 6. MV Augusta 21; 7. Aprilia 12 Superstock 600 The outcome of the Superstock 600 race was decided on the last lap, with a seven-rider sprint to the chequered flag. In the end the win went to Belgium’s Vincent Lonbois (MTM Racing Yamaha), who held off points leader Danilo Petrucci (Yamaha Trasimeno). With second place the young Italian confirms his leadership in a hard-fought championship battle that sees five riders separated at the top by 22 points. Third place went to Italian Eddi La Marra (Honda Lorini), with France’s Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Yamaha), Norway’s Fredrik Carlsen (VD Heyden Yamaha), Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda) of Britain and Italy’s Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Trasimeno) making up the top 7. Results 1. Lonbois V. (BEL) Yamaha YZF R6 19’19.920 (150,922 kph); 2. Petrucci D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 0.191; 3. La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 0.247; 4. Guarnoni J. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 0.315; 5. Karlsen F. (NOR) Yamaha YZF R6 1.087; 6. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1.207; 7. Bussolotti M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1.262; 8. Kerschbaumer S. (AUT) Yamaha YZF R6 5.86 Points (after 6 of 10 rounds): 1. Petrucci 102; 2. Lonbois 89; 3. Rea 88: 4. Guarnoni 83; 5. Bussolotti 80; 6. La Marra 55; 7. Kerschbaumer 51; 8. Guittet 47; 9. Litjens 38; 10. Chmielewki 30
Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) added another Superpole scalp to his crown as he took his ninth trophy of the year, one away from Doug Polen’s 1991 record for Ducati, at the difficult Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. The Texan’s time of 1 minute 58. 868 seconds was the quickest seen all weekend so far but was still half a second away from the circuit best lap held by Troy Bayliss. The Yamaha rider didn’t have it all his own way however as he was pushed hard by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing). The two Italians, both from Rome, will start tomorrow’s two 20-lap races from second and third on the grid and look to be Spies’ most serious challengers for the wins. The front row was completed by Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who hauled himself up to fourth slot after a struggle to get to the front over the first two days. Ben Spies: “So far we’ve been good with the race set-up, and we found something in the second session this afternoon that made a big improvement on the race tyres. That Superpole was good as well, I had a small problem in the last session, but my time was good enough to get the job done today. I’m in a strong position and the bike is good on the tyres after a few laps, but I think it’s going to be tough against Michel and Max tomorrow.” Michel Fabrizio: “Let’s hope well for tomorrow, both Ben and I are the guys who are doing well at the moment and we are both up at the front for the races. It’s a pity that Nori is not up with us at the front because he’s still got a few problems with his shoulder, but we’ve been making really good progress all weekend and I am looking forward to the races tomorrow.” Max Biaggi: “We are very pleased with this result, all weekend we have been fighting in the top 3. We’ve been testing here like a month or so ago, and we did a lot of work on the gearbox and the set-up and you can see the result. I’m not exactly where I want to be but I can override in some parts, but I’m pleased with the result, so a big thanks to all my crew.” Jonathan Rea: “We’ve been struggling really all weekend. I put a soft qualifier on in the first session and in the second, and the bike wasn’t quite right, then I used a race tyre in the third and was confident because I knew I could do the time on that one. It’s going to be a hard race for me as well, because I’ve only done one fast lap on the race tyre and not too many consistent ones. The bike’s coming on in leaps and bounds since the start of the year, it’s a good period for me in racing and I’m enjoying life a lot!” Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) had a good run to fifth place, ahead of the star performers of the day, Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus of the BMW Motorrad squad, who placed their S1000 RR machines in sixth and seventh positions, the German manufacturer’s best qualifying performance of the year. Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) was in eighth place ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Ducati), while Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who had looked incisive earlier on, was unable to keep up the momentum in Superpole and finished in tenth place, while Makoto Tamada was the first Kawasaki runner in eleventh. It was a day of suffering for points leader Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who got no higher than 14th due to his shoulder injury, and he lines up behind the only Suzuki on the grid, the Alstare BRUX machine of Yukio Kagayama. There was disappointment as well for home rider Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati), who crashed out in the second knock-out phase and will have to start from the third row. Times: 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’58.868; 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’58.950; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’59.055; 4. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.740; 5. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’59.787; 6. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 2’00.046; 7. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 2’00.096; 8. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2’00.240; 9. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’59.730; 10. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.748; 11. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’59.873; 12. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 2’00.159; 13. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2’00.223; 14. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 2’00.235; 15. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’00.262; 16. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 2’00.498 World Supersport Supersport qualifying turned into a one-man show as Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) powered to his seventh pole of the season. The British rider stopped the clocks at an incredible time of 2 minutes 02.060 seconds, the height of his weekend domination so far. The only man able to get close to Crutchlow, but nine-tenths of a second behind, was Ireland’s Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), his chief rival in the title battle. The front row is completed by the increasingly competitive Kawasaki Motocard.com pairing of Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara in third and fourth. The third and final championship contender Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was unable to go any higher than 14th and a fourth row grid start will leave the Turk with it all to do tomorrow. Team-mate Andrew Pitt was also in difficulty, the Australian still sore after his crash yesterday and he ended up in 23rd. The two ParkinGo Triumph rider Gianluca Nannelli and Garry McCoy were in terrific form, qualifying fifth and sixth respectively and just a whisker away from the front row, while Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) and Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini) were the other row 2 qualifiers. Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 2’02.060; 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 2’02.908; 3. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2’03.217; 4. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2’03.220; 5. Nannelli G. (ITA) Triumph Daytona 675 2’03.428; 6. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 2’03.662; 7. Foret F. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’03.825; 8. Pirro M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’04.042
Superstock 1000 The Superstock 1000 qualifying session confirmed the results of the first half of the season, with the top 4 in the championship starting from the front row. Pole position, his fourth this season, went to points leader Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox), with a time of 2 minutes 03.188 seconds, the Belgian rider managing to hold off a last minute attack from Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda), a tenth away at the end. Third place, at six-tenths, went to Javi Fores (Kawasaki Pedercini), just ahead of Claudio Corti (Suzuki Alstare). The leading position on row 2 went to Czech rider Ondrej Jezek (MS Racing Honda), with Sylvian Barrier (Garnier Yamaha) of France, Britain’s Alex Lowes (Unionbike MV Agusta) and Daniele Beretta (Ducati Xerox) making up the other top places. Davide Giugliano (Suzuki Celani) failed to repeat his Friday form and ended up on row 3. Times: 1. Simeon X. (BEL) Ducati 1098R 2’03.188; 2. Berger M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 2’03.315; 3. Fores J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’03.791; 4. Corti C. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2’03.831; 5. Jezek O. (CZE) Honda CBR1000RR 2’04.100; 6. Barrier S. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 2’04.141; 7. Lowes A. (GBR) MV Agusta F4 312 R 2’04.596; 8. Beretta D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2’04.703 Superstock 600 Vincent Lonbois (MTM Racing Yamaha) produced a real surprise in the Superstock 600 qualifying session, the Belgian, who was leading at the time, taking advantage of the rain that fell at the end to clinch the pole. The other front row positions went to Britain’s Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda), currently second in the points table, Eddi La Marra (Honda Lorini) and championship leader Danilo Petrucci (Yamaha Trasimeno). Frenchman Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Yamaha) starts off row 2, ahead of the third title contender, Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Trasimeno). Times: 1. Lonbois V. (BEL) Yamaha YZF R6 2’07.470; 2. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 2’07.481; 3. La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 2’07.529; 4. Petrucci D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’07.814; 5. Guarnoni J. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’07.872; 6. Bussolotti M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’07.897; 7. Kerschbaumer S. (AUT) Yamaha YZF R6 2’08.209; 8. Karlsen F. (NOR) Yamaha YZF R6 2’08.429.
World Supersport Not even two crashes and a bone fracture in his left ankle following Friday practice could stop Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) from notching up his sixth pole position of the year in nine races. The points leader did not get off to the best start in this afternoon’s qualifying, crashing out for the second time this weekend, but he returned to the pits and a few minutes later was out on the track again to make his decisive move. The result was a new Donington Supersport circuit record in 1 minute 31.701 seconds. Such was Crutchlow’s domination that his nearest rival for the title, Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), was half a second behind, with an excellent Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Provec) seven-tenths off the pace and the final front row man Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) over one second behind. Mark Aitchison (Honda Althea) was well up the grid in fifth place, ahead of Garry McCoy with the first of the Triumphs and Massimo Roccoli (Honda) once again up at the front on the Intermoto Czech Honda. Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) could only manage the third row, while 2007 champion Andrew Pitt’s below-par weekend continued as the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda man starts from row 4. Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 1’31.701; 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.222; 3. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’32.481; 4. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.818; 5. Aitchison M. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.846; 6. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 1’32.879; 7. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1’33.062; 8. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’33.120 Superstock 1000 The changeable weather conditions turned the Superstock 1000 qualifying session into an exciting affair. A rapidly drying track caught out several teams and riders and there were a number of illustrious victims, including two of the title favourites Claudio Corti (Alstare Suzuki) and Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda), who failed to come into the pits to change from wets to slicks. The Italian and the Frenchman will line up side-by-side on row 6 of the grid for a race that promises to be an uphill struggle. Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox) did make an early tyre change and was rewarded with pole position, his third in a row. The Belgian is favourite for the win tomorrow and has a chance to pull ahead in the title battle. Alongside Simeon can be found Frenchman Loris Baz (MRS Yamaha), Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Yamaha) and Javi Fores (Kawasaki Pedercini), while Italian Davide Giugliano was sixth quickest on the MV Agusta. Times: 1. Simeon X. (BEL) Ducati 1098R 1’38.120; 2. Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.723; 3. Barrier S. (FRA)Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.860; 4. Fores J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’40.690; 5. Lussiana M. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’41.248; 6. Giugliano D. (ITA) MV Agusta F4 312 R 1’41.280; 7. Schouten R. (NED) Yamaha YZF R1 1’41.664; 8. Black G. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’41.766 Superstock 600 Danilo Petrucci (Yamaha Trasimeno) powered to his third pole position in five races with a time of 1 minute 35.997 seconds at Donington. The points leader, the only rider to get under the 1’36” mark, held off an attack from Britain’s Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda), his closest rival in the championship. The remaining places on the front row went to Belgian Vincent Lonbois (MTM Yamaha) and Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Trasimeno), who edged out Eddi La Marra (Honda Lorini) by a whisker. Times: 1. Petrucci D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1’35.997; 2. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.262; 3. Lonbois V. (BEL) Yamaha YZF R6 1’36.540; 4. Bussolotti M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1’36.568; 5. La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.571; 6. Guarnoni J. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 1’36.575; 7. Guittet B. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.951; 8. Hamilton J. (IRL) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’37.028