Monza WSB: Chaz Davies in control

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Chaz Davies stamped his authority on day one of the Monza World Supersport round by setting the fastest time in both free practice and first qualifying today.

The ParkinGo Yamaha R6 rider set a best time of 1.48.408 which was 0.5s faster than his first free practice best, but just 0.105 ahead of his team mate and championship leader Luca Scassa.

Davies said: “The bike feels good. Since Donington we’ve only had to make minimal changes, real small things and it’s working again here at Monza. The speed of the bike is good. I think it’s a few KM’s faster than the Honda’s on top end but it’s similar everywhere else.”

Gino Rea secured an impressive third fastest time in the session onboard his Step Racing Honda. The 21 year old was concerned about the top speed of his bike, but used the slipstream down the long straights to finish just 0.1s behind Scassa.

Sam Lowes set the seventh fastest time onboard his Parkalgar Honda, despite riding with a badly broken collarbone. James Ellison claimed 13th place onboard the Bogdanka Honda.  

Monza - SUPERSPORT - Qualifying 1

1.  Chaz DaviesYamaha YZF (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) 1'48.408 R6
2.  Luca ScassaYamaha YZF (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) 1'48.513 R6
3.  Gino ReaHonda (Step Racing Team) 1'48.613 CBR600RR
4.  Florian MarinoHonda (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1'49.156 CBR600RR
5.  Broc ParkesKawasaki (Kawasaki 1'49.218 ZX-6R
6.  Roberto TamburiniYamaha YZF (Bike Service R.T.) 1'49.263 R6
7.  Sam LowesHonda (Parkalgar Honda) 1'49.462 CBR600RR
8.  David SalomKawasaki (Kawasaki 1'49.788 ZX-6R
9.  Fabien ForetHonda (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1'49.831 CBR600RR
10.  Miguel PraiaHonda (Parkalgar Honda) 1'49.855 CBR600RR
11.  Imre TothHonda (Team Hungary Toth) 1'49.920 CBR600RR
12.  Massimo RoccoliKawasaki (Lorenzini by Leoni) 1'49.924 ZX-6R
13.  James EllisonHonda (Bogdanka PTR Honda) 1'49.953 CBR600RR
14.  Mirko GiansantiKawasaki (Puccetti R. Kawasaki Italia) 1'50.000 ZX-6R
15.  Vittorio IannuzzoKawasaki (Lorenzini by Leoni) 1'50.218 ZX-6R
16.  Robbin HarmsHonda (Harms Benjan Racing Team) 1'50.391 CBR600RR
17.  Danilo Dell'OmoTriumph Daytona (Suriano Racing Team) 1'50.754 675
18.  Ondrej JezekHonda (SMS Racing) 1'51.006 CBR600RR
19.  Pawel SzkopekHonda (Bogdanka PTR Honda) 1'51.177 CBR600RR
20.  Balazs NemethHonda (Team Hungary Toth) 1'51.266 CBR600RR
21.  Vladimir IvanovHonda (Step Racing Team) 1'51.516 CBR600RR
22.  Alexander LundhHonda (Cresto Guide Racing Team) 1'51.893 CBR600RR
23.  Luca MarconiYamaha YZF (Bike Service R.T.) 1'52.036 R6
24.  Marko JermanTriumph Daytona (MD Team Jerman) 1'52.121 675
25.  Robert Andrei MuresanHonda (PTR Romania Honda) 1'52.288 CBR600RR
26.  Ronan QuarmbyTriumph Daytona (Suriano Racing Team) 1'52.502 675
27.  Giovanni AltomonteHonda (KUJA Racing) 1'53.970 CBR600RR
28.  Yves PolzerYamaha YZF (Team MRC Austria) 1'55.029 R6
29.  Eduard Blokhin1'55.132 Yamaha YZF R6 (RivaMoto)
30.  Valery YurchenkoYamaha YZF (RivaMoto) 1'55.797 R6
31.  Oleg Pozdneev1'55.999 Yamaha YZF R6 (RivaMoto)

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Michael Guy

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Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider