Friday, 8 July : UPDATE - WSBK - Brno / Formula 1 - Silverstone

SBK Checa sets the pace in Brno [Friday] qualifying Toseland out after Friday practice

BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Brno - Qualifying Practice 1
Brno ‘«Ű Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
Friday, 08 July 2011.
Weather conditions: Overcast with some sun in the afternoon.
Temperature: Air: 24 ‘«Ű 25 ??C, Track: 36 ‘«Ű 38 ??C
Number of riders participating: 21/22 from 14 teams
Fastest lap Free Practice: Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) 2:00.200 min
Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:59.322 min
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport qualified provisionally on the second row for the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Brno (CZE). Factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) finished the first Qualifying Practice seventh after being in the top four for a long time. The team used the day to work on race preparation for Sunday. The two riders from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team, Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA), finished in tenth and 14th respectively.
Factory rider Troy Corser (AUS) is not able to compete due to the fractures he suffered at the last round at Arag??n (ESP), but is spending the weekend with the team at Brno. He is looking forward to racing again in the next round at Silverstone (GBR).
Leon Haslam:
Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:01.200 min (P8)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:00.164 min (P7)
‘«£Brno is one of the tracks I really enjoy riding at. The day was pretty good, and the weather was okay. We worked through quite a lot of chassis stuff. We are still struggling a little bit with the engine pushing in some corners, but we are working hard on solving that. At the moment we are seventh, so we have to improve a little bit, but it was a pretty good first day.‘«ō
Rainer B?Ůumel (Head of Race Operations):
‘«£The work is a bit difficult when you have only one rider, because you are able to collect only half the data. Today we concentrated on finding a good set-up for this circuit. In Brno this is quite tricky on a Friday, as the track has not a lot of grip yet, and this is quite extreme here. The grip just improves over the course of the weekend, so you always have to adjust the bike a little bit, but we are pretty happy. We are in seventh, and between P4 and P8 it is quite close. They are only separated by two tenths of a second. Now we will continue to work hard.‘«ō

BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Brno - Practice Day 1

Two riders in provisional Superpole for the *BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike Team . Ayrton Badovini lies in the top ten, while James Toseland had to give in to his injury and Lorenzo Lanzi runs for the weekend. Barrier is second in Superstock, Zanetti fell after setting the sixth fastest time.

The BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike team made a positive debut on the track at Brno with Ayrton Badovini concluding the first day of qualifying in tenth position. The Italian rider worked on race pace but still managed to set times well up in the classification.

James Toseland*only took part in the first practice session this morning, covering 15 laps and finishing in eighteenth place. After discussions with the team James decided to postpone his return until the race at Silverstone (Great Britain) scheduled for July 31.

Springing into action for qualifying,* Lorenzo Lanzi *was able to quickly get settled on the bike, setting a time that puts him in fourteenth place, allowing him into Superpole on today's results.

In Superstock,* Sylvain Barrier*set the second fastest time, just over four tenths off the provisional pole position, and tomorrow will have another attack at taking first place on the grid.* Lorenzo Zanetti, however, while he was showing that he can lap with the front runners fell, finishing the session in sixth. Lorenzo sustained no serious injury - he is just badly bruised.

Serafino Foti,*sporting director of BMW Motorrad Superbike Team Italy said: "We have worked with Ayrton Badovini on the race set-up and we have not used a lot of tyres, trying to focus on the distance. Today we achieved our main goal of being on Superpole pace and tomorrow we should be able to improve again to be in the top ten.It wasn't all good though after James tried to ride this morning and unfortunately found that he wasn'tphysically fit enough yet. Together we decided to postpone his return to Silverstone.In the afternoon we put Lorenzo Lanzi on the bike, who came to Brno as a reserve. We are very pleased with his performance. Although he did not practice this morning he managed to set the 14th fastest time and there is still scope for improvement.As for the Superstock team, Sylvain was able to take the second fastest lap behind the Ducati and we have confidence for tomorrow's practice. Unfortunately Zanetti was the victim of a nasty fall at turn 11. Although he has not reported anything serious, it can take time for the effects to be felt. We'll see he reacts through the night and we all hope that tomorrow he is fit and can improve his time. "

Qualifying: 1?? C. Checa (DucatI) 1'59"322 - 2?? J. Smrz (Ducati) a 0.263 - 3?? M. Melandri (Yamaha) a 0.331... 10??* A. Badovini (BMW)*a 1.026... 14??* L. Lanzi(BMW)*a 1.258
Qualifying: 1?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 2'03.625 - 2??* S. Barrier (BMW)*a 0.454 - 3?? M. Reiterberger (BMW) a 0.461... 6??* L. Zanetti (BMW) *a 1.077

No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg Speed Max
1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'59.322 20 163,011

2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'59.585 0.263 0.263 16 162,653

3 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.653 0.331 0.068 20 162,560

4 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.906 0.584 0.253 18 162,217

5 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.940 0.618 0.034 21 162,171

6 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.154 0.832 0.214 15 161,882

7 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 2'00.164 0.842 0.010 19 161,869

8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.196 0.874 0.032 22 161,826

9 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2'00.310 0.988 0.114 20 161,672

10 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 2'00.348 1.026 0.038 22 161,621

11 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.440 1.118 0.092 17 161,498

12 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 2'00.463 1.141 0.023 18

13 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.494 1.172 0.031 18 161,425

14 57 L. LANZI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 2'00.580 1.258 0.086 18 161,310

15 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.604 1.282 0.024 17 161,278

16 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.681 1.359 0.077 16 161,175

17 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.793 1.471 0.112 20 161,026

18 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1098R 2'00.970 1.648 0.177 19 160,790

19 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.980 1.658 0.010 18 160,777

20 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.503 2.181 0.523 17 160,085

21 22 A. LOWES GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.430 3.108 0.927 16 158,873

22 13 V. KISPATAKI HUN Prop-tech ltd. Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.831 3.509 0.401 17 158,354

Formula 1 Friday Press Conference
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