ARAGON, Spain – A close battle characterized the first qualifying session for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at MotorLand Aragon Friday.
Irishman Eugene Laverty of Aprilia Racing Team topped the time sheets with a 1:58.548 set with few minutes to go. The championship leader was .104-second faster than second-place Chaz Davies, with Tom Sykes and Davies’ team mate, Marco Melandri, to follow.
Jonathan Rea rode his CBR 1000 RR up to fifth position ahead of Phillip Island race one winner Sylvain Guintoli and the unfortunate Leon Camier, who had a high-side at turn 10 early in the session and was transferred first to the Medical Centre, where he was diagnosed with a left knee dislocation and a wound, then taken to the Alcaniz hospital, where he’s undergoing further examination. His participation to the rest of the round is seriously doubtful.
On the other hand, Jules Cluzel bettered his morning’s performance and finished eighth, with Loris Baz and Davide Giugliano completing the top-10.