Checa on Pole at Assen

checa-test-sCarlos Checa has put his Ducati on pole at the 2011 Assen WSBK round.

Checa on Pole at Assen

Carlos Checa has secured his third pole in three race meetings with a scorching 1 minute 35.29 second lap in the final Superpole session. Jakub Smrz was next, again on a Ducati, with Yamaha World Superbike Team rider Eugene Laverty in third. Nori Haga rounded out the front row on the Aprilia.

Jonathan Rea was fifth fastest, and reigning world champion Max Biaggi was sixth. Marco Melandri lost his chance of pole by crashed out in the final few minutes and will start the from the back of row two.

Troy Corser just missed out on the final period of Superpole qualifying but made it into the top ten, while fellow Aussie Chris Vermeulen kicks off his return to World Superbike back in 18th place.

1  C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R  1’35.292
2  J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R  1’35.560
3  E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1  1’35.580
4  N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory  1’35.920
5  J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR  1’36.138
6  M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory  1’36.302
7  T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R  1’36.351
8  M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1  1’37.036

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