Melandri Fast Early In Monza

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Marco Melandri was fastest during Friday's first qualifying session for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Autodromo Nazionale. (World Superbike Photo)
Marco Melandri was fastest during Friday’s first qualifying session for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Autodromo Nazionale. (World Superbike Photo)

MONZA, Italy – The first qualifying session for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship took place today at Autodromo Nazionale on dry conditions and riders were able to get up to speed.

A one-hour delay from the original schedule, caused by the presence of oil on the track from Supersport qualifying round one, turned out in the end to be a good waiting for the riders.

Home star Marco Melandri of BMW Motorrad GoldBet got the best out of the powerful BMW S 1000 RR to storm to first place with a lap-time of 1:42.883, followed by a revived Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) and an always consistent Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who set an incredible top-speed of 333,6 km/h.

The four-brand top-four was completed by Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R of Tom Sykes, who lapped almost identically to the current Championship leader (0.011 seconds gap between 3rd and 4th place).

The top-speed performance of the RSV4 was also displayed by sixth-place Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), who recorded 331 km/h at the speed trap (matching Melandri’s), but was preceded by another private Aprilia rider, the fellow Roman Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) and followed by works rider of Noale’s manufacturer Eugene Laverty.

BMW’s mixed day saw Chaz Davies’ spectacular crash at Turn 10, that almost destroyed his bike.

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