The first day of World Superbike action has drawn to a close at Imola’s ‘Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari’, with Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl 12th and 13th, respectively, in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions around the spectacular 4.9 km Italian racetrack. Both riders will therefore take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 1, with the goal to advance to the final qualifying session and battle for a spot on the first four rows of the grid for race 1.

Hayden had an encouraging start to the day, as the 35-year-old American spent most of the first hour of action in eighth place only to drop down to 10th in the final minutes, when he also crashed unhurt at turn 2. The former World Champion had more of a difficult time in the afternoon, as he was unable to improve on the 1’48.541secs lap-time set in FP1 on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine, which turned out to have suffered some damage after the morning’s tumble.

Having never ridden at Imola prior to today, Stefan Bradl had to get familiar with the twisty layout of the track before starting to work on the bike set-up with his crew. The 27-year-old German rider was able to improve by eight and a half tenths of a second between one session and the other and ended the day 0.225secs behind his team mate in 13th place.

The action for the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will resume tomorrow for the 25-minute FP3 session scheduled to begin at 08:45am local time (GMT +2).

Nicky Hayden

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This morning the bike felt OK: we were doing some decent lap times and made a couple of improvements during the session, especially with wheelie control and stability. I had a crash at the end of the session, and after that this afternoon I could not find the same feeling with the bike. Later we found out that it was damaged, although it was something very hard to detect for the boys especially between one session and the other. I hope we can pick up from where left off this morning and build up a nice rhythm into Superpole 1 and then the race.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Stefan Bradl

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It’s a nice track! I really enjoyed riding here today because it’s a unique layout and has a bit of everything: fast chicanes, slow corners, downhill braking sections etc. Because of that, though, it took me quite a while to find the right line around the circuit – a lot more than in Thailand, for sure. Unfortunately, we’re not where we’d like to be and the area where we need to improve the most is the acceleration out of corners. So, we hope to make a step forward tomorrow morning and have a strong qualifying session.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Nicky went quite well this morning, but unfortunately in the afternoon he did struggle a bit and couldn’t improve. We found out what the problem was and it was a consequence of the crash he had at the end of FP1, so now we know what needs to be done in order to make some more progress ahead of Superpole 1. Considering it was his first time here, Stefan did well and steadily improved throughout the two sessions. Obviously the goal is to make another big step closer to the front, but I think if we work in the same direction we will gradually build speed upon speed tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Italian Round

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy

WorldSBK 2017, Round 5

Sunny / Dry / 25
Friday 12 May 2017, 13:44 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 37°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati 1'46.229
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.465
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.896
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Racing Ducati +0.962
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.633
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.860
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.872
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.036
9 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +2.055
10 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +2.083
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +2.105
12 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.312
13 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.537
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.626
15 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +3.032
16 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +3.331
17 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.379
18 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.411
19 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +3.615
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.787
21 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +4.065
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Apr 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 195 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 131 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 111 Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 97 Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 76 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 62 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 60 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 57 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
9 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 54 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 46 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 36 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 35 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 32 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
14 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 28 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 21 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 21 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
18 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 18 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
19 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 Yamaha
20 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
21 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
22 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
23 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki