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Superpole three
Ben Spies 1'44.073
Michel Fabrizio 1'44.270
Ryuichi Kiyonari 1'44.642

Sterilgarda Yamaha's Ben Spies has set his fifth pole in five races at Monza this afternoon, setting a lap time of 1'44.073 which annihilated Troy Bayliss's existing lap record of 1'44.951.

Michel Fabrizio will line-up alongside him on the grid, just two-tenths slower while Ryuichi Kiyonari is third and Max Neukirchner fourth. Kiyo set his lap with eight minutes to go and looked to have it in the bag until Spies did what Spies does and wiped the floor with him.


Fabrizio set his time just after Spies had crossed the line while Noriyuki Haga looked, on his final lap, like going faster than the American but lost all his time coming through the Parabolica.

Britain's Jonathan Rea set his time right at the start of session on his last qualifier and then had to watch as he was shuffled off the front row and will now start alongside Haga. Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama round out the top eight.

Superpole two
Michel Fabrizio 1'44.843
Noriyuki Haga 1'44.865
Yukio Kagayama 1'44.907

To get into the third Superpole session, the top eight riders had to get within three-tenths of a second of Fabrizio's time. Carlos Checa was just pipped in the dying seconds by Haga.

The Japanese put in his time with a last-ditch effort on a qualifier, coming into the pits and swapping tyres with barely enough time left. Biaggi did enough to stay in for the third session despite lobbing it at the Parabolica while Rea was the only British rider left in the top eight.

Carlos Checa
Tom Sykes
Troy Corser
Regis Laconi
Broc Parkes
Ruben Xaus
Shinya Nakano
Shane Byrne

Superpole one
Max Neukirchner 1'44.985
Ben Spies 1'45.033
Michel Fabrizio 1'45.082

Leon Haslam had a disastrous first session after suffering a fuelling problem in free practice where he had to push his bike back to the pits. Haslam was in 16th place with two minutes remaining but was knocked out of the second session by Kawasaki's Broc Parkes, who is still injured from his Snetterton testing crash.

Neukirchner went quickest on the Alstare Suzuki with only a handful of laps gone and it was enough to stay at the top of the timesheets with Spies and Fabrizio in close attendance. Sykes made a late entry into the fray, leaving the pits with five minutes to go and ending the session in seventh.


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