MONZA: ALSTAR SUZUKI GO FOR THE PODIUM

After his number one rival Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) looked to have done enough to take Superpole, 2005 World Champion Troy Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) showed his desire to start the two 18-lap Monza Superbike races on Sunday in number one spot, taking his second Superpole win of the year with a 1’46.058 lap. His time was the best of the weekend so far, the best in the history of Superbike qualifying at this circuit, and over half a second from his previous fastest in regulation qualifying earlier in the day. It was his 36th career Superpole triumph, extending his all-time record of Superpole wins. Bayliss set a personal best qualifying time of 1’46.360 in Superpole for second place on the grid.

Four different manufacturers will be represented on the front of the grid, after Alex Barros (Klaffi Honda) promoted himself to third and Regis Laconi blasted his big Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse machine to scoop the fourth fastest time. It was Kawasaki’s best Superpole result of the year thus far.

Barros, who last raced at Monza in the mid eighties on an 80cc GP machine, was only deposed from the top of the time sheets by the incredible pace of the battling Aussie duo of Corser and Bayliss, and now starts his fourth SBK meeting from the front row, for the first time in his SBK career.

Regis Laconi’s team-mate starts fifth on the grid for the PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse team, after a personal Monza best pushed him from 11th in regulation. It was Walker’s best Superpole qualifying run of the 2006 season. The top Yamaha rider on show proved to be Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) who scored sixth best time, for a second row start behind Walker. After a recent serious back injury Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) made an impressive comeback and scored seventh in Superpole, one place up on his team-mate James Toseland.

Corser’s ebullient team-mate Yukio Kagayama secured ninth best time, having survived a scare under braking into the first chicane on his Superpole lap. As he hit the brakes his machine’s rear end tipped up violently, and the rear end snapped round in dramatic fashion. Kagayama’s great escape was no consolation to a disappointed Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) who had an unexpectedly lowly tenth place in Superpole, after a top four ride in regulation qualifying. Having just squeezed into Superpole in 16th place, Roberto Rolfo (Ducati SC Caracchi) sprang forward to 11th, moving up a row and setting himself up as favourite for best Ducati privateer finisher in the races. The last place on the third row was earned by private Suzuki rider Fabien Foret (Alstare Engineering Suzuki), who also hopped up one row.

Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) headed up row four, with Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) and Michel Fabrizio (DFX Treme Honda) for immediate company. Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Berik Ducati) had his chances of a strong Superpole performance ruined when his bike encountered a technical problem under braking after the first split, and he had to retire, dropping to an automatic 16th out of 16.

Riders of proven ability, like Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France Ipone) and Max Neukirchner (Pedercini Ducati) experienced problems that dropped them from the top 16 qualifiers for Superpole. Gianluca Nannelli (DFX Treme Honda) was a lowly 22nd, but a serious doubt for the race itself is Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France Ipone) who suffered a high-speed fall on Friday. Cleared by medical checks but still not feeling fit to ride, Abe missed out Saturday’s timed and untimed practice sessions, and will make a decision about racing on Sunday during morning warm-up. The Petronas triples of Steve Martin and Craig Jones were, as expected, simply outgunned down Monza’s straights, with Martin 23rd and Jones 30th fastest in qualifying.

World Superbikes – Superpole Result

1 – Corser Troy – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’47.591 – 1’46.564 – 1’46.058
2 – Bayliss Troy – Ducati 999 F06 – 1’47.043 – 1’46.984 – 1’46.360
3 – Barros Alex – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’47.769 – 1’47.218 – 1’46.511
4 – Laconi Régis – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’47.763 – 1’47.352 – 1’46.597
5 – Walker Chris – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’48.530 – 1’47.866 – 1’46.978
6 – Pitt Andrew – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’47.793 – 1’46.985 – 1’47.015
7 – Muggeridge Karl – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’49.764 – 1’47.414 – 1’47.082
8 – Toseland James – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’47.751 – 1’47.094 – 1’47.133
9 – Kagayama Yukio – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’48.828 – 1’47.199 – 1’47.156
10 – Haga Noriyuki – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’47.007 – 1’48.026 – 1’47.627
11 – Rolfo Roberto – Ducati 999 F05 – 1’48.334 – 1’47.959 – 1’47.975
12 – Foret Fabien – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’50.711 – 1’47.935 – 1’48.009
13 – Lanzi Lorenzo – Ducati 999 F06 – 1’48.575 – 1’47.937 – 1’48.170
14 – Nieto Fonsi – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’49.578 – 1’47.869 – 1’48.240
15 – Fabrizio Michel – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’48.070 – 1’47.927 – 1’48.969
16 – Xaus Ruben – Ducati 999 F05 – 1’47.852 – 1’47.865

Others on the grid

17 – Borciani Marco – Ducati 999 F05 – 1’54.265 – 1’48.122
18 – Gimbert Sebastien – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’48.871 – 1’48.208
19 – Neukirchner Max – Ducati 999 RS – 1’48.712 – 1’48.310
20 – Nakatomi Shinichi – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’49.890 – 1’48.414
21 – Clementi Ivan – Ducati 999 RS – 1’49.226 – 1’48.526
22 – Nannelli Gianluca – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’50.183 – 1’48.913
23 – Martin Steve – Petronas FP1 – 1’51.183 – 1’48.939
24 – Iannuzzo Vittorio – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’49.650 1’49.152
25 – Alfonsi Lorenzo – Ducati 999 RS – 1’49.357 – 1’49.207
26 – Brignola Norino – Ducati 999 RS – 1’49.475 – 1’49.513
27 – Abe Norick – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’49.497
28 – Mauri Lorenzo – Ducati 999 RS – 1’50.383 – 1’50.892
29 – Battaini Franco – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’53.164 – 1’50.983
30 – Jones Craig – Petronas FP1 – 1’53.873 – 1’51.275

World Superbikes – Monza Combined Qualifying

Pos – Rider – Bike – 1st Quali – 2nd Quali – Best Time

1 – Corser Troy – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’47.591 – 1’46.564 – 1’46.564
2 – Bayliss Troy – Ducati 999 F06 – 1’47.043 – 1’46.984 – 1’46.984
3 – Pitt Andrew – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’47.793 – 1’46.985 – 1’46.985
4 – Haga Noriyuki – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’47.007 – 1’48.026 – 1’47.007
5 – Toseland James – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’47.751 – 1’47.094 – 1’47.094
6 – Kagayama Yukio – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’48.828 – 1’47.199 – 1’47.199
7 – Barros Alex – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’47.769 – 1’47.218 – 1’47.218
8 – Laconi Régis – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’47.763 – 1’47.352 – 1’47.352
9 – Muggeridge Karl – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’49.764 – 1’47.414 – 1’47.414
10 – Xaus Ruben – Ducati 999 F05 – 1’47.852 – 1’47.865 – 1’47.852
11 – Walker Chris – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’48.530 – 1’47.866 – 1’47.866
12 – Nieto Fonsi – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’49.578 – 1’47.869 – 1’47.869
13 – Fabrizio Michel – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’48.070 – 1’47.927 – 1’47.927
14 – Foret Fabien – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’50.711 – 1’47.935 – 1’47.935
15 – Lanzi Lorenzo – Ducati 999 F06 – 1’48.575 – 1’47.937 – 1’47.937
16 – Rolfo Roberto – Ducati 999 F05 – 1’48.334 – 1’47.959 – 1’47.959
17 – Borciani Marco – Ducati 999 F05 – 1’54.265 – 1’48.122 – 1’48.122
18 – Gimbert Sebastien – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’48.871 – 1’48.208 – 1’48.208
19 – Neukirchner Max – Ducati 999 RS – 1’48.712 – 1’48.310 – 1’48.310
20 – Nakatomi Shinichi – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’49.890 – 1’48.414 – 1’48.414
21 – Clementi Ivan – Ducati 999 RS – 1’49.226 – 1’48.526 – 1’48.526
22 – Nannelli Gianluca – Honda CBR 1000RR – 1’50.183 – 1’48.913 – 1’48.913
23 – Martin Steve – Petronas FP1 – 1’51.183 – 1’48.939 – 1’48.939
24 – Iannuzzo Vittorio – Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – 1’49.650 – 1’49.152 – 1’49.152
25 – Alfonsi Lorenzo – Ducati 999 RS – 1’49.357 – 1’49.207 – 1’49.207
26 – Brignola Norino – Ducati 999 RS – 1’49.475 – 1’49.513 – 1’49.475
27 – Abe Norick – Yamaha YZF R1 – 1’49.497 – - 1’49.497
28 – Mauri Lorenzo – Ducati 999 RS – 1’50.383 – 1’50.892 – 1’50.383
29 – Battaini Franco – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1’53.164 – 1’50.983 – 1’50.983
30 – Jones Craig – Petronas FP1 – 1’53.873 – 1’51.275 – 1’51.275

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