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2012 Nurburgring Free Practice 1st Session
The Althea Ducati ridden by Giugliano, not teammate Checa, found the legs to lead the first session at 'The Green hell'. Looking behind the lap times for both Giugliano and Checa the ideal lap time gaps are some of the biggest in the first 16 riders. To this handicapper it suggests Ducati may do better than I expected this weekend if it can keep those legs while finding that balance with handling their bike is known for. Expect to see Checa and other Ducati riders improve their grid positions in Qualifying 1.
Biaggi posted a P2 in this session and what you see in times is about what you will get from him. Laverty and Davies are farther down the FP1 grid but show room for improvement. If they can improve the lessons learned from their improvement process should help Biaggi. The Aprilia and its riders should not be discounted by any stretch of the imagination; yet, I sense they are vulnerable.
The MotoGP tests appear to have stirred his competitive juices resulting in a strong P4 for this session. The Honda rider has one of the smallest ideal to real lap time gaps. This is a good news bad news thing for Rea and Honda. The Bad news first. The gap suggesting he may qualify lower on the chart. At the same time. The good news in the first set of results is Rea appears to be set up to repeat the times lap after lap which is more important on Sunday than a one off time Saturday.
Suzuki finds itself as being Honda's clone. Camier has the smallest gap in the top 16 riders. Great news for Suzuki on Sunday. Can they find a way to uncork some more speed from the bike to achieve a better track position to race from on Sunday?
BMW is Yin and Yang. Melandri is P3 in this session and like Biaggi has a low gap time suggesting not much room for improvement on his own. Haslam is P9 on this session chart but has almost double the gap time of Melandri. Put the two riders together with a pit crew and mechanics that can sort this out and BMW may well be in position to put their stamp on the home race.
1 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'56.395
2 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.528
3 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'56.601
4 65 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.680
5 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.868
6 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'57.010
7 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'57.169
8 2 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.259
9 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.354
10 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.459
11 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'57.550
12 19 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.642
13 87 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'57.845 1.450
14 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.088
15 121 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.104
16 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.128
17 59 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'58.268 1.873
18 21 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.758
19 44 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.230
20 57 L. LANZI ITA Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1'59.636
21 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.758
22 5 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.937
23 64 N. BRIGNOLA ITA Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 2'01.227
24 68 B. MCCORMICK CAN Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2'01.469
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Back this evening with updates from SBK - 1st Qualifying, F1 Practice 2 and more.