Monza World Superbikes: Unstoppable Bayliss takes pole

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Xerox Ducati rider Troy Bayliss has taken pole position for tomorrows two 18 lap World Superbike races.

Bayliss showed his electrifying pace during the final free practice session and then went even faster on his Superpole lap to set a new best lap for the 5.79KM Monza circuit.

German Max Neukirchner led all the way during the previous practice and qualifying sessions and looked the only man capable of beating Bayliss, but he couldn’t replicate his earlier pace and ended second 0.35 seconds behind the Australian.

Noriyuki Haga improved his starting position dramatically with a fine Superppole lap. The 2007 double race winner has to beat Bayliss tomorrow if he wants to have any chance of fighting for the title, but has so far not shown the race pace to trouble the Ducati rider.

Carlos Checa was another man that benefited from a strong Superpole performance with the Spaniard moving up from 15th to the front row of the grid.

Final positions:

1 21 T. BAYLISS AUS Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098 F08 1’46.359 1’46.673 46 1’44.931 1’44.931

2 76 M.NEUKIRCHNER GER Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’45.990 1’45.506 42 1’45.287 1’45.287

3 41 N. HAGA JPN Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Yamaha YZF-R1 1’47.074 1’46.202 39 1’45.665 1’45.665

4 7 C. CHECA ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1’47.135 1’46.865 43 1’45.766 1’45.766

5 34 Y. KAGAYAMA JPN Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’46.371 1’46.154 43 1’45.777 1’45.777

6 111 R. XAUS ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1’46.915 1’46.409 46 1’45.795 1’45.795

7 10 F. NIETO ESP Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’46.990 1’46.332 37 1’45.942 1’45.942 1.011 196,851

8 23 R. KIYONARI JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1’47.246 1’46.314 47 1’45.975 1’45.975

9 3 M.BIAGGI ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1’47.255 1’46.868 45 1’46.039 1’46.039

10 31 K. MUGGERIDGE AUS D.F. Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1’46.750 1’46.664 41 1’46.065 1’46.065

11 55 R. LACONI FRA Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’47.089 1’46.126 35 1’46.216 1’46.216

12 11 T. CORSER AUS Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Yamaha YZF-R1 1’47.232 1’46.333 41 1’46.496 1’46.496

13 84 M.FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098 F08 1’46.814 1’46.390 46 1’46.533 1’46.533

14 100 M.TAMADA JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’46.404 1’47.210 38 1’46.549 1’46.549

15 96 J. SMRZ CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098 RS 08 1’46.604 1’46.578 46 1’46.749 1’46.749

16 36 G.LAVILLA ESP Ventaxia VK Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1’46.946 1’46.927 41 1’47.107 1’47.107

17 54 K. SOFUOGLU TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. Honda CBR1000RR 1’46.854 25 1’46.854

18 38 S. NAKATOMI JPN YZF Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 1’47.815 1’46.944 45 1’46.944

19 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’47.805 1’47.301 40 1’47.301

20 194 S. GIMBERT FRA Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 Yamaha YZF-R1 1’48.276 1’47.669 38 1’47.669

21 13 V. IANNUZZO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’48.583 1’48.110 36 1’48.110

22 88 S. AOYAMA JPN Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1’48.496 1’48.144 40 1’48.144

23 83 R. HOLLAND AUS D.F. Racing – Bertocchi Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.572 1’48.390 42 1’48.390

24 57 L. LANZI ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1098 RS 08 1’48.741 1’48.523 34 1’48.523

25 22 L. MORELLI ITA Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.036 1’48.531 46 1’48.531

26 110 L. MAURI ITA Spring Ducati ASD Ducati 999 RS 1’49.082 1’48.768 44 1’48.768

27 200 G.BUSSEI ITA Hannspree Honda Althea Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.206 1’48.935 37 1’48.935

28 77 L. NAPOLEONE FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1’51.441 1’50.113 31 1’50.113

29 49 M.BECK USA Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 Yamaha YZF-R1 1’51.869 1’50.859 48 1’50.859

 

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider