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Monza WSBK: Haslam, Laverty on provisional front row

Leon Haslam and Eugene Laverty have both parked themselves in the provisional World Superbike front row at Monza this afternoon and with rain on the cards for both second qualifying and Superpole tomorrow, and a possibility on Sunday, those positions could remain.

The British pair are in third and fourth respectively with BMW Italia's Michel Fabrizio topping the table and Marco Melandri second, making it another BMW rout at the top of the timesheet. Fabrizio isalso winning the top-speed war, posting 208mph compared to Jonathan Rea's 207mph from this morning.

There were only five men to top the timesheet in the session - Laverty going out early to post a brace of quick times but he was demoted by Melandri who was superceded by Kawasaki's Tom Sykes.


Melandri took it back after ten minutes, Haslam then stole it from him with 15 minutes left. It was back to the Italian one lap later before Fabrizio stole pole with his final lap.

Ayrton Badovini just pipped Sykes for the top of row two and they are joined by Max Biaggi on the works Aprilia and Chaz Davies aboard the satellite Parkingo RSV4. Carlos Checa hauled himself on to the third row late on while his team-mate Davide Guigliano rounded out the top ten.

Honda's Rea slipped down to 11th with the Fixi Suzukis of John Hopkins and Leon Camier nailed together in 12th and 13th, while David Salom and Sylvain Guintoli finish the top 15.

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