Front Row for Laverty in the 2011 Monza World Superbike

Yamaha World Superbike Team rider Eugene Laverty provided the Italian spectators in Monza with a sensational performance, securing himself a front row start, in second place on tomorrow’s grid.

Lworld superbike, 2011 world superbike racing, 2011 monza world superbike, monza world superbike,averty comfortably flew through all three Superpole heats, completing the first in fifth position and the second and third sessions in second place, making the most of his qualifiers in the final heats.

Marco Melandri was also on top form, completing Superpole two , less than a tenth of a second ahead of his Irish team-mate, topping the time sheets with an impressive 1’42.201.

The Italian was less fortunate in the third and final heat, just missing out on a front row start ahead of tomorrow’s two races, completing Superpole three in fifth place. Unfortunately Melandri struggled on exiting the infamous Ascari chicane and was unable to put in his fastest time and earn himself the front row grid start that he was fighting for.

Both Yamaha World Superbike riders are heading to tomorrow’s race day determined to provide the spectators with skillful racing on the team’s home track in Monza. The YZF-R1 has been successful on the historic track in the past and results over the weekend so far prove it could well be a strong podium contender again.

Eugene Laverty
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 2nd, 1’42.393
“It’s been a great weekend so far. The team’s workshop is literally just down the road so it really means a lot to me to do well here in Monza. Hopefully we can have two good races tomorrow. I’ll definitely be fighting for the podium! I’ve been waiting for it for quite a while, so I’m planning on finally achieving that tomorrow. The R1 has always been strong here in Monza so I’m really looking forward the race. ”

Marco Melandri
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 5th, 1’42.714
“It was a relatively good day but we’re still having difficulty finding the right set-up . We seem to have a good rhythm for the race and that’s good but on a qualifying tyre the bike was a little agitated, so I struggled exiting the fast corner. We still have time to improve and I’m confident that we are making progress. Tomorrow is another day, so let’s see what happens.”

Andrea Dosoli – Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
“Firstly congratulations to Eugene, that was an amazing Qualifying session. He proved to be consistent on a race tyre and also put in a fantastic time on his flying Superpole lap. It’s very important that he has secured a front row start, so we are confident he can do well in tomorrow’s races. Eugene has demonstrated today that he is making constant progress. Unfortunately Marco has been struggling a bit all weekend. He has tested various set-ups, even during this afternoon’s free practice. During the final Superpole session he suffered a lack of stability on exiting the “Ascari”. The team have made progress over the weekend but there’s still a lot of work to do. We know Marco can do really well over a full race distance, even from the second row, so I’m not too concerned.”

Monza 07/05/2011


1 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 1’41.745
2 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 1’42.393
3 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 1’42.614
4 Troy Corser BMW AUS 1’42.688
5 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 1’42.714
6 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 1’42.723
7 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 1’42.954
8 Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 1’43.043
9 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 1’42.886
10 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 1’42.995
11 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 1’43.116
12 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 1’43.146
13 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 1’43.090
14 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 1’43.437
15 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 1’43.993
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