Donington Park WSB: Smrz ends first qualifying on top

By Liam Marsden -

World Superbikes

 11 May 2012 17:34

Team Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider Jakub Smrz has taken provisional pole after setting the fastest lap during the weekend's opening qualifying session. The rain flags came out for a short while at the beginning of the session, but conditions quickly improved.

Honda rider Jonathan Rea posted the second fastest time ahead of current champion Carlos Checa in third. Local boy Leon Haslam posted the fourth fastest time.

Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes, who posted the fastest time in this morning's free practice, was sixth fastest behind Leon Camier.

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1. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'29.336
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.394
3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.507
4. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.604
5. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.614
6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.719
7. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.918
8. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'29.973
9. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.977
10. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.986
11. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'30.225
12. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'30.245
13. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.392
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'30.522
15. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'30.539
16. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.577
17. Peter Hickman (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.904
18. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'31.035
19. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'31.199
20. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.625
21. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.003
22. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.806
23. Gary Mason (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.084