Fabrizio continues to hold ascendancy at Phillip Island World Superbikes

  • Friday 22nd February, 2013 5:21pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Michel Fabrizio Friday fast-man at Phillip Island

Michel Fabrizio Friday fast-man at Phillip Island

Italian Michel Fabrizio’s hot streak has continued in the season-opening round of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, with the Aprilia rider setting the fastest time in today’s opening qualifying session.

Fabrizio, who set the pace in opening practice, again didn’t put a foot wrong as he stopped the clock at 1m31.317s, enough to edge out Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty (1:31.392) and BMW’s world No. 3 Marco Melandri (1:31.539).

But it was a tight affair all round, and only 0.567s separated Fabrizio from Honda’s Jonathan Rea (1:31.884) in 10th position. In between, all the other big guns were well positioned, including Aprilia’s Leon Camier, BMW’s Chaz Davies, Honda’s Leon Haslam and Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes.

Carlos Checa (Ducati), the recent Phillip Island master, could only manage the 12th fastest time after a big crash in this morning’s practice. Immediately in front of Checa was Australian wildcard Jamie Stauffer (Honda), the Kurri Kurri (NSW) rider dipping into the 1:31 bracket for the first time ever at Phillip Island with a brilliant late burst of speed.

Australia’s second wildcard, Wilton’s (NSW) Glenn Allerton (BMW), was 14th as he continues to fine-tune his setup for Sunday’s two 22-lap WSBK races.

Further qualifying and practice sessions will be held tomorrow at 9:45am and 12:30pm respectively, before the final run for grid positions in Superpole, which begins at 3:00pm.


TIMES: Qualifying 1

1Michel FabrizioRed Devils Roma) ApriliaAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.317
2Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.392
3Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1:31.539
4Leon CamierFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:31.608
5Chaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1:31.638
6Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR BR1000RR1:31.687
7Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:31.754
8Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.793
9Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1:31.863
10Jonathan ReaPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR1:31.884
11Jamie StaufferTeam Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR1:31.984
12Carlos ChecaTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 11991:32.063
13Max NeukirchnerMR-RacingDucati Panigale11991:32.243
14Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR1:32.352
15Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.497
16Ayrton BadoviniTeam Ducati Alstare)Ducati Panigale 11991:32.540
17Ivan ClementiHTM RacingBMW S1000 RR1:32.757
18Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:32.801
19Federico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:32.898
20Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR1:33.082
21Alexander LundhTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:33.305


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