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He's back!

1. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198R 1m 59.277s
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF-R1 1m 59.571s
3. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198R 1m 59.73s
4. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198R 2m 00.153s
5. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 2m 00.174s
6. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2m 00.273s
7. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Aprilia RSV-4 2m 00.348s
8. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 2m 00.442s
9. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF-R1 2m 00.451s
10. Luca Scassa ITA Supersonic Ducati 1198R 2m 00.463s
11. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA DFX Ducati 1198R 2m 00.475s
12. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2m 00.508s
13. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198R 2m 00.534s
14. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 2m 00.701s
15. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 2m 00.739s
16. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 2m 00.745s
17. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 2m 01.003s
18. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 2m 01.026s
19. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 2m 01.497s
20. Broc Parkes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR 2m 01.805s
21. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2m 02.684s
22. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2m 02.684s
 

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He certainly is back...for practice. We can only hope that he can keep this up throughout the weekend...
 

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Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad) had a crash late in the session... but I'm told he is OK...

Quote Corser:
"I'll fight for P3 this year – and for the title in 2011!"

Quote WSBK
1st
"Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) burst back onto top form in the first period of
qualifying, setting the best time of the opening day with a 1'59.277. He was
less than a second from the track best."



Quote Noriyuki Haga 1m59.2

“Feeling with my bike improved this afternoon, as we took another step
with regard to the suspension and that helped, as did changing the
tyre pressure. We still need to improve braking in certain sections of
the track, and I’m not sure about tyres yet, because although the new
one seems fairly consistent, I still want to try our “usual” tyre
tomorrow and see how it works in these conditions. We’ve made a good
start and will try to improve further in tomorrow’s sessions.”

Quote RRW... (Ducati likes their new Pirelli rear tire)

"Two hours later on a still steaming track (58°C in temperature) first
qualifying got underway with Noriyuki and Michel both setting
impressive times just two laps into the session. The two Ducati Xerox
riders, both very comfortable riding with the new Pirelli rear tyre
(with which they obtained some strong results in the recent Imola
tests), remained first and second in the classification for the first
half of the session until Carlos Checa went two" tenths quicker.

7th 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 2'00.348

Quote Crash.net
"In seventh was the day's big surprise Jakub Smrz, the local rider quickly
finding his pace on the Aprilia RSV-4 to set the seventh best time – just
two tenths off the provisional front row."
 

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In the absence of Corser, Xaus qualified 4th!

How many corners/laps before he pitches it big or will he just blow the start and THEN pitch it big trying to make up places?

Anyone notice how Haga has evaporated as qualifying progressed?
 

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Haga's never done well in final qualifying but has usually pulled it out in the race. These times are encouraging since it mirrors his old pattern of behaviour.
 
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