Melandri fastest in Moscow practice

Marco Melandri went fastest in the opening practice session for the World Superbike races at the new Moscow raceway.

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The BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider's time of a minute 35.799 seconds saw him lead Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) by over half a second.

Close behind Davies were Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) - who led during the session - and Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Ducati).

Hiroshi Aoyama was the fastest Honda in fifth ahead of reigning world champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati).

There was one hold-up during the session when Loris Baz crashed, with the following Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) then crashing into his factory Kawasaki bike.

Results (time/laps)

1 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'35.799 19

2 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.325 20

3 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.344 17

4 S. GUINTOLI FRA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'36.391 20

5 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.505 22

6 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.520 18

7 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'36.567 20

8 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.720 18

9 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.862 18

10 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'36.872 21

11 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.875 16

12 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.910 19

13 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.995 19

14 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.105 19

15 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.191 18

16 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'37.255 19

17 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.355 19

18 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.475 2

19 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.294 20

20 D. MCFADDEN RSA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.912 22

21 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.191 2

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