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Old 05-15-2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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Length: 4263 m
Opened: 1961
Lap Record: 1'42.178 (Noriyuki Haga, 2002)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1'41.321 (Colin Edwards, 2002)
NOTE: Test times last December were much faster than 2002. See: http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/...?article=35166

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08.30-10.00 LOCAL 600/1000 TECHNICAL/SPORTING CHECKS
10.00-12.00 WSBK/WSS TECHNICAL/SPORTING CHECKS
11.45-12.15 LOCAL 1000 FREE PRACTICE
12.45-13.45 WSBK FREE PRACTICE
14.00-14.45 WSS FREE PRACTICE
14.50-15.20 LOCAL 600 FREE PRACTICE
15.30-16.30 WSBK QUALIFYING PRACTICE
16.45-17.30 WSS FREE PRACTICE

Saturday
08.45-09.15 LOCAL 1000 FREE PRACTICE
09.45-10.30 WSS FREE PRACTICE
10.45-11.30 WSBK QUALIFYING PRACTICE
11.45-12.15 LOCAL 600 FREE PRACTICE
12.25-12.50 PIT WALK PIT WALK
13.00-13.45 WSS QUALIFYING PRACTICE
14.00-14.45 WSBK FREE PRACTICE
15.00-15.12 WSBK SUPERPOLE (1)
15.19-15.31 WSBK SUPERPOLE (2)
15.38-15.50 WSBK SUPERPOLE (3)
16.10-16.40 LOCAL 1000 QUALIFYING PRACTICE
16.50-17.20 LOCAL 600 QUALIFYING PRACTICE

Sunday
09.20-09.40 WSBK WARM UP
09.50-10.10 WSS WARM UP
10.20-10.55 LOCAL 1000 RACE (12 LAPS KM. 51.150)
11.10-11.30 PIT WALK PIT WALK
11.10-11.30 NSF 100 PARADE DURING PIT WALK (2 LAPS)
12.00 WSBK RACE 1 (24 LAPS KM. 102.312)
13.25 WSS RACE (23 LAPS KM. 98.049)
14.20-14-55 LOCAL 600 RACE (11 LAPS KM. 46.893)
15.30 WSBK RACE 2 (24 LAPS KM. 102.312)

Rider substitutions:

SBK
Fonsi Nieto for Max Neukirchner (Alstare Suzuki - Suzuki GSXR1000K9)
Gregorio Lavilla for Brendan Roberts (Team Guandalini - Ducati 1098R)
Steve Martin for Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport - BMW S1000 RR)

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Michael Laverty for Robbin Harms (Veidec Racing RES Software - Honda CBR600RR)

As of 5/12, Stiggy Motorsports will only be running one SBK for Leon Haslam with Jake Zemke at an AMA Pro Racing event this weekend at Infineon Raceway in California. Makoto Tamada (Paul Bird Motorsports) will remain at home after fracturing his wrist in the same first chicane accident that injured so many other riders in Superbike Race One.
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Steve Martin in for Troy.......

Whose goin to be up there with Johnny? Please oh don't let it be Gregg White.
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First Qualifying Session:

1 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'38.103
2 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.506
3 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.600
4 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.865
5 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.998
6 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'39.055
7 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'39.230
8 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.258
9 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.284
10 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.357
11 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.370
12 132 Morais S. (RSA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.388
13 36 Lavilla G. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'39.389
14 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'39.470
15 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'39.475
16 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.788
17 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.961
18 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.105
19 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.192
20 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'40.304
21 33 Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.308
22 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'40.544
23 49 Whyte S. (RSA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.737
24 17 Martin S. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.015
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First Qualifying Session:

1 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'38.103
2 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.506
3 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.600
4 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.865
5 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.998
6 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'39.055
7 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'39.230
8 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.258
9 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.284
10 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.357
11 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.370
12 132 Morais S. (RSA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.388
13 36 Lavilla G. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'39.389
14 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'39.470
15 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'39.475
16 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.788
17 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.961
18 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.105
19 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.192
20 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'40.304
21 33 Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.308
22 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'40.544
23 49 Whyte S. (RSA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.737
24 17 Martin S. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.015
Kiyonari.......WHAT THE FVCK ARE YOU DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These next few sessions may tell us how bad that wreck was for Haga.

Spies is right there.......waiting to actually turn the bike on come superpole time.

Maybe we'll see a good battle between Haslam and Fab. I think that would be a nice one.
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Laconi seriously hurt in practice accident
Regis Laconi has been placed in a pharmacological coma following an accident at the start of World Superbike free practice at Kyalami.

The Frenchman crashed on his first flying lap around the South African circuit, his head making hard contact with the tarmac to warrant immediate medical attention.

Stabilised at the track side before being airlifted to Sunnington Hospital in Sandton, Laconi is suspected to have fractured his cervical vertebrae.

With a CAT scan revealing a significant cranial trauma, Laconi was subsequently placed into a coma for the time being in order for them to monitor his progress. Nonetheless, while Laconi is considered to be on the 'danger list', a press release issued by the DFX Corse team says Laconi has seemingly not suffered any neurological trauma and is able to move his limbs.

He is scheduled to be operated on tonight when two plates will be inserted to support his vertebral column where he has suffered his injury.

The team stated that he came off the track at a high-speed left hander, violently striking the top of his body and his head.
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Holy .

Let's hope the guy comes out alright.
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Lets pray he stays with us.
Hearing this makes me really question the crazy stuff we do out on the track. Even though THEY'RE doing 150mph through corners, I'm reminded of Wayne Rainey and his accident............gives me the shivers.
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Hearing this makes me really question the crazy stuff we do out on the track. Even though THEY'RE doing 150mph through corners, I'm reminded of Wayne Rainey and his accident............gives me the shivers.
I hear ya man, everytime i go to the track my fiance gets in a worried mood, well i don't blame her after my car accident but she knows it was in a car and not a bike but still.
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Holy Sheep. Pull through Laconi!!
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Lets pray he stays with us.
sounds like a real bad one

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Regis Laconi has been ruled out of the Kyalami race after suffering a serious crash on the first lap of the opening free practice session today.

The Frenchman riding the DFX Corse Ducati lost the front at the fast turn 11 and has subsequently been diagnosed with five broken vertebrae. Laconi was initially treated trackside after losing consciousness in the accident.

He quickly regained consciousness and was taken to Sunning Hill Hospital in Sandton where he underwent a CAT scan to diagnose his injuries.

Sources at the track have confirmed that there is no neurological damage and the 33 year old has been put into a medically induced coma and will undergo an operation to plate his damaged vertebrae today.

At time of writing it remains unclear when Laconi will make his return to racing.
when it comes to riding and racing motorcycles, the punishment doesn't fit the crime

Speedy recovery Regis, you will be missed.
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First Qualifying Session:

1 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'38.103
2 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.506
3 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.600
4 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.865
5 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.998
6 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'39.055
7 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'39.230
8 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.258
9 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.284
10 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.357
11 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.370
12 132 Morais S. (RSA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.388
13 36 Lavilla G. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'39.389
14 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'39.470
15 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'39.475
16 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.788
17 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.961
18 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.105
19 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.192
20 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'40.304
21 33 Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.308
22 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'40.544
23 49 Whyte S. (RSA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.737
24 17 Martin S. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.015
this is already shaping up to be a classic
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Wow, look at Shinya go, outriding Biaggi on the Ape. After Monza, I see Fabrizio really trying to get some consistency up front.

It's gonna be a GREAT sunday, TRIPLE header.
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Superpole!

6 in a row...

Superpole 3:

Ben Spies made it 6 pole positions in a row, equaling the record set by Doug Polen back in 1991, but it was as close as it could possibly be. Spies led from his first fast lap with a time of 1'37.366, but as the final seconds ticked away, Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio snatched pole with a blistering 1'37.289. Fabrizio's joy was to be very short lived, as just seconds later, Ben Spies crossed the line on his Sterilgarda-sponsored Yamaha to take pole with a time of 1'37.288 - a difference of just one thousandth of a second.

Max Biaggi crossed the line shortly after Ben Spies to take the 3rd fastest time, demoting Noriyuki Haga to 4th position, and the last spot on the front row of the grid.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.288
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'37.289 0.001
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.466 0.178
4 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'37.544 0.256
5 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.634 0.346
6 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'37.677 0.389
7 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.940 0.652
8 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.241 0.953
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I'm so glad he made it 6 from 6
With all due respect to Doug Polen, imo he had it a lot easier!!


I wish Ten Kate would dump Whitepower and fit some Brembo's, I just know Johnny Rea can run up front.
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cal goes pole for 5 on the trot

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World Supersport qualifying in South Africa saw points leader Cal Crutchlow record as fifth straight pole position for the Yamaha team, but the Briton was made to fight right to the end for top spot.

Crutchlow, on a run of four poles heading to Kyalami, went straight to the top of the timesheets as qualifying opened but soon found himself overtaken by a resurgent Kenan Sofuoglu, who ducked under the Yamaha's mid 1min 41secs time by a tenth. Despite Crutchlow's best efforts to dislodge his rival, Sofuoglu remained steadfast at the top of the table for the majority of the session, with the Briton tucked in right behind.

Then, true to form, with the remaining seconds ticking down to the end of the session, Crutchlow emerged from a last-gasp pit-stop with fresh rubber at the rear of his Yamaha to lay down the perfect lap.

Having refamiliarised himself with the circuit, the Briton chose the last minute to prove his point, giving Sofuoglu no chance to reply as he broke into the 1min 40secs bracket - the only man to do so - and ending the session nearly half a second ahead of second place. In doing so, Crutchlow also broke Stephane Chambon's 2002 Supersport lap record for the circuit by 4.5secs, although the new mark benefited from the removal of the chicane that would have made its predecessor's lap a little longer.

"Overall, it was a good session for us, but we're still struggling a bit in a few areas," Crutchlow warned, "The lap times for everyone are pretty similar - I managed one really fast one at the end, but it's going to be really close tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the race, but I think Sofuoglu, [Andrew] Pitt and [Eugene] Laverty are going to be the biggest threat, so we'll see!"
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