Ducati 1-2-3 in Moscow WSBK qualifying

Althea Racing Ducati duo Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa led first qualifying for the World Superbike races at the new Moscow raceway.

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Davide Giugliano

Giugliano led the way with a lap-time of a minute 35.074 seconds, 0.2s faster than reigning champion Checa and 0.6s quicker than PATA Racing's Sylvain Guintoli, who made it a Ducati one-two-three.

Both of the top two riders suffered trips to the gravel.

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), runner-up in the series in 2011, was fourth followed by Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia).

Qualifying specialist Tom Sykes put his factory Kawasaki sixth with PATA Racing Team Ducati rider Lorenzo Zanetti seventh.

In eighth on the factory Honda was Hiroshi Aoyama, 250cc world champion in 2009.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) was down in 13th and John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) 14th.

Results (time/laps)

1 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'35.074 17

2 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'35.284 18

3 S. GUINTOLI FRA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'35.751 20

4 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'35.772 18

5 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.828 17

6 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.905 20

7 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'35.980 19

8 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.988 19

9 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.039 20

10 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.061 19

11 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'36.143 16

12 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.174 17

13 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.236 14

14 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.293 16

15 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'36.326 18

16 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'36.442 18

17 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.470 11

18 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.533 17

19 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.911 18

20 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.163 20

21 D. MCFADDEN RSA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.372 16

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