Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) showed why he is the king of Lausitz qualifying when he scored the fastest lap of day one, lapping the overcast German circuit in a best time of 1'38.569 to lead the provisional qualifying times.
Just behind him, 0.211
seconds behind to be precise, is the other Troy - Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia) - who was himself only 0.2 seconds ahead of Japanese Superstar Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra). Another favourite from the land of the rising son was fourth, with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) 0.442 seconds shy of Bayliss's best time.
James Toseland (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was just about half a second shy of Bayliss in the first qualifying session (when everyone involved is still on regular race tyres, not qualifiers) with Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Ducati) only 0.041 seconds down on the long-time championship leader.
First time Lausitz visitor in race trim, Max Biaggi (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) was seventh, just outpacing his fellow native Roman, Michel Fabrizio (Honda DFX Corse). The last rider within a second of Bayliss was Karl Muggeridge (Alto Evolution Honda), and Bayliss' team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) scored the last spot inside the provisional top ten.
Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) was 11th fastest from 22 riders at Lausitz, while the private Suzuki of local lad Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Germany) surged to 12th place. That early result put the 'other' Max up on two official riders, Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) and Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha YZF Team) and Austrian wild-card rider Martin Bauer (Holzhauer Racing Promotions Honda) rounded out the top 16. Steve Martin took the 2006-spec Celani Suzuki to 18th place, Yoann Tiberio (Alto Evolution Honda) was 19th, in his first competitive Superbike session.
WSS - CHARPENTIER FASTEST ON DAY ONE
Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) won a three way fight for supremacy in the final minutes of first qualifying at Eurospeedway Lausitz to secure provisional pole, with a time of 1'41.366 - only 0.3 seconds from the circuit best lap.
Weather conditions were overcast and dull on the first day, but the early exchanges more than made up for it, as new world champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) made it a Ten Kate 1-2, just ahead of Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team). In a good day for the more experienced riders, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda) was fourth.
One final qualifying session remains, on Saturday 8th September.
SBK Press Office