Checa leads way in first WBSK qualifying

Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano gave Althea Racing Team Ducati a one-two in the first qualifying session for the World Superbike races at the Nurburgring.

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Carlos Checa (World Superbikes)

Spaniard Checa set a best time of a minute 55.307 seconds, almost half a second quicker than that of Italian Giugliano.

Briton Tom Sykes was also half a second off the pace in third on his factory Kawasaki with Ireland's Eugene Laverty fourth on the Aprilia.

Sykes's compatriot Leon Haslam was fifth while his BMW Motorrad Motorsport team-mate Marco Melandri, the championship leader, was down in 12th.

Aprilia Racing's Max Biaggi, second in the standings just 18.5 points behind Melandri (308.5), was sixth ahead of a trio of Britons in Jonathan Rea (Honda), Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing).

Every manufacturer therefore has at least one rider on the front two rows of the provisional grid.

Sykes is third in the championship with 267.5 points ahead of Checa (233.5), Rea (212.5), Haslam (180) and Laverty (173.5).

Results (times/laps)

1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'54.966 16

2 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'54.969 15

3 65 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'55.073 16

4 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'55.233 16

5 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'55.385 14

6 2 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'55.586 16

7 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.742 16

8 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'55.783 16

9 19 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.905 16

10 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'56.013 13

11 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.197 18

12 21 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'56.626 13

13 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.721 17

14 121 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'56.931 14

15 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'56.940 13

16 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'56.975 8

17 87 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'57.089 14

18 59 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'57.115 9

19 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'57.142 16

20 44 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.214 15

21 57 L. LANZI ITA Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1'57.599 12

22 5 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.775 18

23 68 B. MCCORMICK CAN Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.760 16

24 64 N. BRIGNOLA ITA Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 1'59.863 14

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