Phillip Island World Superbikes: Yamaha's dominate free practice

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Noriyuki Haga showed no ill effects of his sore wrist following his race one crash in Qatar last weekend to top the timesheets in the opening free practice session in Phillip Island.

On a virtually dry track following overnight rain, Noriyuki Haga’s best lap was over 1.5 seconds outside the lap record.

Haga’s team-mate Troy Corser made it a good day for Yamaha who are desperate to bounce back from their disappointing results in Qatar.

Series leader Troy Bayliss finished third with Alstare Suzuki man Max Neukirchner now fully recovered from a heavy cold to take fourth.

The Sterilgarda Ducati pairing of Ruben Xaus and Max Biaggi rounded out the top six.

Phillip Island World Superbike free practice one results:

1 Noriyuki HAGA JPN Yamaha Motor Italia WSB 1’33.332
2 Troy CORSER AUS Yamaha Motor Italia WSB 1’33.549
3  Troy BAYLISS AUS Ducati Xerox Team 1’33.756
4 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Team Alstare Suzuki 1’33.815
5 Ruben XAUS ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1’33.981
6 Max BIAGGI ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1’34.168
7 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team 1’34.236
8 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse 1’34.338
9 Carlos CHECA ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda 1’34.350
10 Jakub SMRZ CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1’34.368
11 Fonsi NIETO ESP Team Suzuki Alstare 1’34.440
12 Russel HOLLAND AUS D.F. Racing Honda 1’34.498
13 Roberto ROLFO ITA Hannspree Honda Althea 1’34.725
14 Gregorio LAVILLA ESP Ventaxia VK Honda 1’34.824
15 Lorenzo LANZI ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1’34.914
16 Kenan SOFUOGLU TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. 1’35.397
17 Shinichi NAKATOMI JPN YZF Yamaha 1’35.485
18 MakotoTAMADA JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse 1’35.647
19 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda 1’35.749
20 Sebastien GIMBERT FRA Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 1’35.923
21 David CHECA ESP Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 1’35.969
22 Shuhei AOYAMA JPN Alto Evolution Honda Superbike 1’36.145
23 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS D.F. Racing Honda 1’36.258
24 Vittorio IANNUZZO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki 1’36.480
25 Luca MORELLI ITA Alto Evolution Honda Superbike 1’36.707
26 Ayrton BADOVINI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki 1’37.669
27 Loic NAPOLEONE FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha 1’40.525

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider