Michael Fabrizio was the fastest man of the day while testing at Imola today for World Superbike. He was followed closely by Ben Spies, who was just a tenth of second behind the Italian rider.
Notably absent from the testing day was the injured Noriyuki Haga, who isn’t expected to be back to WSBK until the race at Brno, which is in two weeks.
However, noticably present near the top of the leaderboard was Ruben Xaus, with the BMW squad clearly making some progress with their $13,800 motorcycle.
The day’s weather on the track was exceptionally hot, but it is expected to be cooler on Thursday. Hopefully we’ll see some faster times from the riders as they cope with the Italian sun. World Superbike will have a go at Imola in race conditions later this September.
Results from Day 1 of World Superbike testing at Imola, Italy:
|1||84||M. Fabrizio||Ducati 1098R||1’49.164|
|2||19||B. Spies||Yamaha YZF R1||1’49.262|
|3||65||J. Rea||Honda CBR1000RR||1’49.684|
|4||111||R. Xaus||BMW S1000 RR||1’49.823|
|5||7||C. Checa||Honda CBR1000RR||1’49.842|
|6||67||S. Byrne||Ducati 1098R||1’50.305|
|7||66||T. Sykes||Yamaha YZF R1||1’50.402|
|8||91||L. Haslam||Honda CBR1000RR||1’50.586|
|9||57||L. Lanzi||Ducati 1098R||1’50.797|
|10||71||Y. Kagayama||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1’50.861|
|11||9||R. Kiyonari||Honda CBR1000RR||1’50.868|
|12||56||S. Nakano||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1’51.055|
|13||121||J. Hopkins||Honda CBR1000RR||1’51.270|
|14||76||M. Neukirchner||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1’51.276|
|15||14||M. Lagrive||Honda CBR1000RR||1’51.339|
|16||53||A. Polita||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1’51.683|
|17||3||M. Biaggi||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1’51.738|
|18||11||T. Corser||BMW S1000 RR||1’51.746|
|19||10||F. Nieto||Ducati 1098R||1’51.909|
|20||100||M. Tamada||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1’52.008|
|21||23||B. Parkes||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1’52.482|
|22||77||V. Iannuzzo||Honda CBR1000RR||1’53.535|