Valencia Free Practice 1 : Checa on top, Five Brits in Top ten

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Spaniard Carlos Checa delivered on the pre race hype by setting the fastest time onboard his Althea Ducati at Valencia today.

The 33 year old spent the majority of the session lapping on his own, with one notably quicker lap mid way through to top the time sheets.

Michel Fabrizio looks to have bounced back from his woeful performance in Portimao to take second ahead of a fast starting James Toseland in third.

Toseland completed 22 laps in the session and by the end was lapping in the high 1m 35’s consistently.

Troy Corser looked fast and smooth onboard his factory BMW in fourth ahead of Max Biaggi in fifth who jumped up the leader board in the final minutes.

Championship leader Leon Haslam claimed sixth, with Rea seventh and 2009 Valencia winner Noriyuki Haga in eighth.

Leon Camier ran in the top five but dropped to ninth at the finish ahead of Tom Sykes tenth, Cal Crutchlow in 12th, Shane Byrne 15th and Simon Andrews 17th.

First qualifying gets underway at 3.45pm local time.

1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'35.154
2 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'35.288
3 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.598
4 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'35.776
5 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'35.794
6 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.875
7 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.881
8 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'36.066
9 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.070
10 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.130
11 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.187
12 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.199
13 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.203
14 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.254
15 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.319
16 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'36.350
17 17 S. ANDREWS GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.378
18 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.447
19 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'36.807
20 88 A. PITT AUS Team Reitwagen BMW BMW S1000 RR 1'36.815
21 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.169
22 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.764
23 123 R. RESCH AUT Team Reitwagen BMW BMW S1000 RR 1'38.206
24 32 S. MORAIS RSA ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.370
25 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA S.C.I. Honda Garvie Image Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.121

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider