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Miller WSBK: Smrz, Checa continue Ducati domination

Jakub Smrz and Carlos Checa have continued Ducati's World Superbike domination at Miller Motorsport Park with the pair going half a second faster than Marco Melandri in the final qualifying session ahead of Superpole.

Czech-born Smrz upped his pace by a second from yesterday, taking top spot with a 1'48.517 with Checa three-tenths behind on a 1'48.789. Melandri mustered a 1'49.009 while a third Ducati, ridden by Sylvain Guintoli, occupies the last slot on the provisional front row.

Aprilia's Eugene Laverty found some pace overnight to leap up to fifth place and he has Jonathan Rea just behind him while American John Hopkins, who isn't fully fit after his Monza highside, is in seventh and only three-quarters of a second off the pace.


Max Biaggi is eighth with Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes right behind him. The Kawasaki man set the pace early in the session but then slid back tenth behind his former British Superbike rival.

Chaz Davies hauled the Parkingo Aprilia into 12th behind Michel Fabrizio's BMW Italia bike while Maxime Berger and Lorenzo Zanetti complete the top 15. Leon Camier was unable to go quicker than his time from yesterday so has slid down the order to 20th and won't take part in Superpole later on today.

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