Fabrizio Fastest at Day 1 of Imola WSBK Test

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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:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time
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
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