Phillip Island WSB: Checa stays on top in second qualifying

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Carlos Checa remained in provisional pole position during the second qualifying session at Phillip Island despite not improving on his first qualifying lap time. Like Checa both Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam maintained their position in second and third place respectively and like Checa neither man improved on their day one lap time.

Cal Crutchlow was the biggest improver jumping up from tenth to fourth onboard his fast improving factory Yamaha R1. Crutchlow finished ahead of Sylvan Guintoli with James Toseland in sixth.

Toseland who only completed 13 laps due to the wrist injury sustained when he high sided yesterday dug deep to set his impressive time.

Speaking to MCN, Toseland said: “I had four pain killing injections before I even went out but only managed one lap because it was hurting so much. I had to see the doctor again and get another injection in a different place on my wrist and that helped. There is no bruising or swelling but it’s causing me a lot of pain at the moment.”

Brit Jonathan Rea ended the session seventh ahead of an impressive Chris Vermeulen on the factory Kawasaki. Aprilia man Leon Camier upped his pace significantly to take ninth with Shane Byrne in 12th, unable to improve following his huge crash and Tom Sykes in 15th.


1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.155 1'32.227 1'32.155
2 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'32.162 1'33.099 1'32.162
3 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.373 1'32.436 1'32.373
4 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.038 1'32.446 1'32.446
5 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.902 1'32.448 1'32.448
6 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.422 1'32.455 1'32.455
7 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.884 1'32.460 1'32.460
8 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'33.389 1'32.500 1'32.500
9 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'33.296 1'32.548 1'32.548
10 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.905 1'32.571 1'32.571
11 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'33.454 1'32.620 1'32.620
12 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.635 1'33.695 1'32.635
13 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'33.512 1'32.684 1'32.684
14 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'32.703 1'32.751 1'32.703
15 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'33.492 1'32.806 1'32.806
16 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'32.850 1'33.637 1'32.850
17 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.960 1'32.884 1'32.884
18 123 R. RESCH AUT Team Reitwagen BMW BMW S1000 RR 1'34.065 1'33.390 1'33.390
19 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'33.984 1'33.396 1'33.396
20 88 A. PITT AUS Team Reitwagen BMW BMW S1000 RR 1'33.940 1'33.396 1'33.396
21 25 J. BROOKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.663 1'33.901 1'33.901
22 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA S.C.I. Honda Garvie Image Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.417 1'34.248 1'34.248
23 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'35.892 1'35.297 1'35.297
24 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.113 1'35.614 1'35.614

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Michael Guy

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