World Superbike Friday Qualifying Results From Monza, Italy

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by Glenn le santo
Bayliss blitz at Monza

Ducati filled three of the top four places in the first qualifying session in Monza today (Friday). Troy Bayliss put his dismal showing in Sugo behind him and stood head and shoulders above the pack with a fastest time of 1:48.677. In the heat of the Italian sunshine American Ben Bostrom put his L&M Ducati into the second slot behind the Infostrada Ducati of Bayliss, with a time of 1:49.421. Troy Corser made it into provisional third on the pole on his Axo Aprilia, although he was almost one second slower than Bayliss.

British Superbike champion Neil Hodgson leapt up the time sheet with a fast last lap as the session closed, jumping into fourth spot as qualifying ended. Colin Edwards was fifth fastest on his Castrol Honda after crashing during the session. The reigning World Superbike champion was unhurt in the fall.

Edwards bounced back from a crash at the Ascari chicane halfway through the session and remains in confident mood for the rest of the weekend at the historic Italian venue.

Edwards was at the top of the leaderboard when he crashed. He commented: "I just lost the front going into the Ascari. We were trying a soft compound front tyre and I lost grip. I walked away without injury but I was half a second up on the first split on that lap so it would have been a good lap time."

Edwards added: "We had two different gearbox ratios in the machines and the machine I crashed had the better one so I knew I wasn?t going to improve on may lap time. I'm not a fan of that first chicane now they've made the changes. I can't get on the throttle early enough on the exit, the rear endof the machine is coming around all the time."

World Superbike ChampionshipFriday QualifyingSession timesPosition Rider Country Manufacturer Total Time1 Bayliss AUS Ducati 1:48.6772 Bostrom USA Ducati 1:49.4213 Corser AUS Aprilia 1:49.6224 Hodgson GB Ducati 1:49.7485 Edwards USA Honda 1:49.8906 Antonello ITA Aprilia 1:49.9137 Chili ITA Suzuki 1:50.5228 Pedercini ITA Ducati 1:50.2539 Yanagawa JPN Kawasaki 1:50.36610 Borciani ITA Ducati 1:50.403
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