Speedy Checa secures pole in Moscow

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) christened the new Moscow Raceway with a super lap record to win the Superpole qualifying session.

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Carlos Checa 2012

Checa's lap of 1:34.193 was his first pole position of the season and the ninth of his career.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) had to settle for second on the timesheets with Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) and Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) also making the front row.

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) came next while Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) had to settle for eight after crashing during Superpole three.

Moscow - FIM Superbike World Championship - Superpole 3

1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'34.193

2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34.549

3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.562

4. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.170

5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.224

6. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.237

7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.253

8. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'34.973

9. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.224

10. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'35.255

11. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.678

12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.834

13. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.629

14. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'35.678

15. Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'35.689

16. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.798

17. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.182

18. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.237

19. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.326

20. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.163

21. David McFadden (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.372

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