Records Fall as Superports Rev Up

Glenn le santo
by Glenn le santo
Records fell as the riders took to the track for the World Supersport qualfying sessions at Donington, England on Friday. The sun shone and times tumbled as the racers limbered up for the British round of the series. Read on to see who was fast as the weekend's action started...

Guareschi leads as the action starts in Donington

Dienza Ducati rider Vitto Guareschi got the action underway at the historic Donington Park race track in Derbyshire, England today in lap record leading time. The Italian’s fastest lap time of 1’36.316 compares with the qualifying record time of 1’36.659 set by Piergorgio Bontempi in the morning’s free practice session. Guareschi’s Dienza Ducati Racing team is based Leeds, England. James Whitham, who holds the outright racing lap record at Donington in the class was down in eleventh.

Karl Muggeridge pushed Guareschi hard throughout the session on the Suzuki Alstare GSX-R600 to take a provisional second on the grid. Paolo Casoli, who narrowly missed out on a win at the last round at Moza was third fastest in the afternoon session, held in bright sunshine at the circuit.

Local wild card rider Karl Harris was fifth fastest in the session. The times may prove important as there is a possibility of rain for the second qualifying session.

World Supersport championship.Donington, EnglandFriday free practice1 Piergiorgio Bontempi Italy Yamaha 1m 36.659s2 Fabien Foret France Honda 1m 37.165s3 Vittoriano Guareschi Italy Ducati 1m 37.438s4 Karl Harris GB Suzuki 1m 37.667s5 James Whitham GB Yamaha 1m 37.672s6 Scott Smart GB Suzuki 1m 37.676s7 Iain MacPherson GB Kawasaki 1m 37.854s8 Matt Llewellyn GB Yamaha 1m 37.906s9 Christophe Cogan France Yamaha 1m 37.929s10 Pere Riba Spain Honda 1m 38.024sFirst Qualifying, session times1 Vittoriano Guareschi Italy Ducati 1m 36.316s2 Karl Muggeridge Australia Suzuki 1m 36.553s3 Paolo Casoli Italy Ducati 1m 36.726s4 Piergiorgio Bontempi Italy Yamaha 1m 36.982s5 Karl Harris GB Suzuki 1m 37.069s6 Fabien Foret France Honda 1m 37.075s7 Katsuaki Fujiwara Japan Suzuki 1m 37.082s8 Fabrizio Pirovano Italy Suzuki 1m 37.113s9 Pere Riba Spain Honda 1m 37.262s10 Iain MacPherson GB Kawasaki 1m 37.368s.
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