WSB: Corti tops Imola Superstock timesheet

Alstare Brux Suzuki ace leads the field at the end of seven-hour Imola test

THE SUPERSTOCK guys who were out in action at Imola as part of the World Superbike Championship pre-Brno tests yesterday with some of the big names from the thrilling championship using the most of the seven hours of track time.

The top three championship runners dominated the day's action; for most of the day, the quickest was Suzuki Alstare Brux rider Claudio Corti, but he was knocked off the top slot with twenty minutes to go by Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda).

The Italian then went out again to take the new track record in 1 minute 52.672 seconds. Third place went to the other title contender, the injured, Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox).

Fourth fastest was Michele Magnoni (Bevilacqua Yamaha) ahead of another Italian, Davide Giugliano (Suzuki Celani), the ex-MV Agusta man finally getting to grips with a fully competitive machine.
Ayrton Badovini was brought into the Aprilia Junior team to help speed up the development of the RSV4, and ended up in seventh place.

The 600 category, whose riders shared the track with the Superstock 1000 competitors, was dominated by Yamaha with the quickest time of 1 minute 55.982 seconds coming from Danilo Petrucci which was more than a second and a half quicker than team-mate Marco Bussolotti. Eddy La Marra (Honda Lorini) was third.

Today (Wednesday) and Thursday sees the Superbike and Supersport riders out at the revised Imola circuit for their testing sessions.


1 Corti C. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'53.462

2 Simeon X. (BEL) Ducati 1098R 1'53.750

3 Berger M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'54.355

4 Giugliano D. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'54.832

5 Beretta D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'55.058

6 Lammert D. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'55.837

7 Magnoni M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'55.846

8 Antonelli A. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.017

9 Vivarelli N. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.402

10 Barrier S. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.702

11 Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.829

12 Badovini A. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.325

13 Black G. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.736

14 Baroni L. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.995

15 Petrucci D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.100

16 Bussolotti M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.634

17 Sandi F. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.966

18 La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'59.249

19 Guarnoni J. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.473

20 Biaggi F. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.747

21 Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1'59.817

22 Tutusaus P. (ESP) KTM RC8 R 2'00.424

23 Kerschbaumer S. (AUT) Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.689

24 Morelli N. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 2'01.076

25 Cecchini R. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 2'01.496

26 Farinelli R. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.541

27 Chmielewski A. (POL) Yamaha YZF R6 2'02.072

28 Manfrinati D. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.826

29 Sacchetti D. (ITA) KTM RC8 R 2'07.924

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