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Moscow WSBK: Ducatis continue to lead as Sykes moves up

Althea Ducati's Davide Guigliano and Carlos Checa continue to top the World Superbike qualifying timesheets Moscow with the veteran Spaniard able to improve his time in this morning's second session but it wasn't enough to topple his rookie team-mate.

Checa went fractionally quicker in the rain-interrupted stint, posting a 1'35.22 compared to Guigilano's 1'35.074 set yesterday while Kawasaki's Tom Sykes leapt from sixth to third with his 1'35.403 and he is now only three tenths behind the Ducati pairing.

The two biggest movers of the morning are Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty on the factory Aprilias. The Irishman had a disaster yesterday but is now tenth and less than nine-tenths off the pace while series leader Biaggi sits just behind Sykes on a 1'35.434, finding eight-tenths overnight.


Pata Ducati's Sylvain Guintoli improved his time but slipped down the order to fifth and it was the same story for Chaz Davies on the Parkingo Aprilia. He found almost three-tenths but finds himself down in sixth but ahead of BMW's Marco Melandri who didn't find any time.

Fixi Suzuki's John Hopkins bounced into eighth ahead of Hiro Aoyama on a wet track but team-mate Leon Camier is clearly suffering with chatter again. He managed to find his way into Superpole, posting the 16th fastest time when the rain appeared but it wasn't enough and he was pushed back down to 18th place.

Fellow Brits Leon Haslam, who couldn't yesterday find the front-end feel he had in testing, and Jonathan Rea are safe in the top 16, placing 12th and 13th respectively while French star Loris Baz is the last man through in 16th.

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