WSB Valencia first Qualifying: Checa in control, Ducati’s set the pace
Carlos Checa illustrated once again his affinity with the Valencia race track by dominating the opening qualifying session this afternoon.
The 37 year old Spaniard ended the day 0.282 seconds faster than his closest rival Jacob Smrz, but it was the consistency that he was able to post mid 1m 34s laps during the session that is ominous for his rivals.
Althea Ducati team-mate Shane Byrne secured third fastest to make it three Ducati’s in the top three. Fourth was a smooth riding Max Biaggi with series leader Leon Haslam in fifth.
The next three places were filled with the Ducati’s of Michel Fabrizio, Noriyuki Haga and Lorenzo Lanzi.
The remaining Brits had a less successful day with Crutchlow ninth, Camier tenth, Toseland 12th, Rea 13th, Sykes 19th and Andrews 24th.
Second qualifying takes place on Saturday at 10.45am.