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Friday 10th June 2011

TIMES CLOSE IN OPENING QUALIFYING AT MISANO

Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea set the 12th fastest time in this afternoon’s opening qualifying session in round six of the 2011 World Superbike championship at Misano in Italy – a session which saw the 13 fastest times covered by less than one second.

With several other teams having tested at the 4.226km Adriatic circuit recently, Rea’s time of 1m36.824s left him just 0.3s off a provisional front row start and 0.8s from series leader Carlos Checa, who set today’s quickest time.

Castrol Honda rider Ruben Xaus also made progress this afternoon and was less than two tenths off his team-mate, but, with today’s close times, that left him 17th fastest. With some showers forecast for tomorrow, the Spaniard will be pushing for a top 16 time in morning qualifying to ensure participation in tomorrow afternoon’s Superpole sessions.

Jonathan Rea – P12, 1m36.824s
The times are so close and we are making progress, even though the result doesn’t look so good on paper. We were a lot further off after this morning’s free practice session and we’ve closed that gap now to eight tenths off the front time, so we made a step today. It’s clear where we’re lacking though, and that’s just finishing off the corner. The balance isn’t quite right and we had to compromise today to try and fix things. We may need to change the ride height a little which would then affect the grip levels again, so there’s some thinking to do. We’re not able to drive off the corners quite as aggressively as the others either so we’ll look at that as well tonight.

Ruben Xaus
– P17, 1m37.093s
Well, you can see from the timesheets where we are and, if you look closer, you can see how far away we are, which isn’t very much. Today was not bad and we’re do ing everything we need to be half a second from the top six. The times are tight, but we’re still missing something and I’m having some problems downshifting for the corners. I’m having to blip the throttle quite a lot, which is making the bike a little unstable on the brakes. We’ve got some bumps on the final corner, too, which is giving us a little chatter, so lots to work on to improve that little bit.

2011 World Superbike championship, round six – Misano, Italy
First qualifying results:

1 Carlos Checa (ESP) Ducati 1m36.024sss
2 Max Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia 1m36.149s
3 Marco Melandri (ITA) Yamaha 1m36.482s
4 Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Suzuki 1m36.546s
5 Troy Corser (AUS) BMW 1m36.656s
6 Eugene Laverty (IRL) Yamaha 1m36.683
12 Jonathan Rea (GBR) Castrol Honda 1m36.824s
17 Ruben Xaus (ESP) Castrol Honda 1m37.093s

 

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