Melandri Paces Superbike Practice

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Marco Melandri paced practice for the FIM Superbike World Championship in Spain Friday. (World Superbike Photo)
Marco Melandri paced practice for the FIM Superbike World Championship in Spain Friday. (World Superbike Photo)

ALCANIZ, Spain – Marco Melandri of BMW Motorrad Motorsport set the fastest time in the first qualifying session of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at MotorLand Aragon in Spain.

He overtook Max Biaggi of Aprilia Racing Team, who finished second, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) third.

Eugene Laverty, Biaggi’s teammate, was fourth quickest with an improving Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) fifth.

A good day for the German manufacturer saw BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet riders Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio go sixth and seventh respectively. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) completed the provisional second row in eighth.

Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) rode his way to ninth in a hot qualifying session, with Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) the first Ducati rider home on day one, tenth.

Checa’s teammate Davide Giugliano secured 11th place, with Camier’s team-mate John Hopkins 12th. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was 14th in his first visit to the MotorLand Aragon racetrack for a race weekend.

There is one more qualifying session and then Tissot-Superpole will take place tomorrow to determine the final grid places for Sunday’s races.