Fabrizio quickest in World Superbikes opening practice

  • Friday 22nd February, 2013 2:00pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Michel Fabrizio fastest in opening Phillip Island practice

Michel Fabrizio fastest in opening Phillip Island practice

Italian privateer Michel Fabrizio has upstaged his factory-backed counterparts to set the fastest time on his Aprilia in opening practice for the Superbike World Championship opener at Phillip Island.

Fabrizio, a  past winner at Phillip Island in 2010, set a best lap of 1:31.218s in the 45-minute session, followed by Honda’s Leon Haslam, Suzuki’s Leon Camier, Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli and BMW’s Chaz Davies.

Most of the other championship top brass were in the bottom half of the top 10, including Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), Marco Melandri (BMW), Jonathan Rea (Honda) and Carlos Checa (Ducati). Australia’s Jamie Stauffer (Honda) was 12th, three spots in front of countryman Glenn Allerton (BMW).

Checa crashed hard at turn six during the session, but the carnage was far worse in the preceding World Supersport practice hitout when the red-flag had to come out five times because of incidents right around the 4.445km circuit.

Australian duo Josh Hook (Honda) and Mitchell Carr (Triumph) both went down, with their bikes suffering extensive damage. Hook’s team is now preparing a makeshift CBR600RR for Hook to continue competing, but it’s unlikely to be ready in time for this afternoon’s opening qualifying session.


 Practice #1 

1Michel FabrizioRed Devils Roma) ApriliaAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.218
2Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR BR1000RR1:31.728
3Leon CamierFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:31.803
4Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.964
5Chaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1:32.046
6Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1:32.057
7Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.113
8Jonathan ReaPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR1:32.158
9Carlos ChecaTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 11991:32.171
10Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1:32.315
11Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1:32.339
12Jamie StaufferTeam Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR1:32.512
13Max NeukirchnerMR-RacingDucati Panigale11991:32.740
14Ivan ClementiHTM RacingBMW S1000 RR1:32.752
15Alexander LundhTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.866
16Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.882
17Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR1:32.935
18Ayrton BadoviniTeam Ducati Alstare)Ducati Panigale 11991:33.006
19Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:33.172
20Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR1:33.473
21Federico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:34.313


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