WSS: Yamaha Magny-Cours Friday notes, times

Curtain third despite early crash Championship leader Kevin Curtain ended today's first practice in third position, despite suffering a crash at a cold and grey Magny Cours circuit. The Australian crashed at Adelaide corner on his seventh lap...

Curtain third despite early crash

Championship leader Kevin Curtain ended today's first practice in third position, despite suffering a crash at a cold and grey Magny Cours circuit.

The Australian crashed at Adelaide corner on his seventh lap of the afternoon qualifying session but, despite completing just a handful of laps, Curtain remained one of only three riders to break the 1:44 bracket.

Curtain was one of many riders to be caught out by the low surface temperatures, which saw many of the supersport riders crash out, thankfully without injury.

Curtain's team-mate Broc Parkes ended the day sixth on the other Yamaha Motor Germany YZF-R6. The Australian is still riding in some discomfort following his big crash in Assen last month and rode with a safety first attitude around the circuit where he scored his maiden world supersport victory 12 months ago.

Yamaha GMT94's David Checa took a provisional seventh place at his team's home race. The Spaniard knows the Magny Cours circuit well from his many outings in the Bol d'Or 24-hour race, which is held at the circuit each September.

Yamaha Team Italia's Gianluca Vizziello and Massimo Roccoli ended the day on the provisional third row, in 10th and 11th positions respectively.

Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) took provisional pole position, just ahead of his team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu, with Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda) completing the front row with Curtain.

<pre> Qualifying 1

Pos.    Rider                   Manu.           Nat.    Total Time
1       Sebastien Charpentier   Honda           FRA     1'42.829
2       Kenan Sofuoglu          Honda           TUR     1'43.097
3       Kevin Curtain           Yamaha          AUS     1'43.765
4       Katsuaki Fujiwara       Honda           JPN     1'44.032
5       Gianluca Nannelli       Ducati          ITA     1'44.170
6       Broc Parkes             Yamaha          AUS     1'44.273
7       David Checa             Yamaha          ESP     1'44.277
8       Johan Stigefelt         Honda           SWE     1'44.367
9       Stephane Chambon        Kawasaki        FRA     1'44.371
10      Gianluca Vizziello      Yamaha          ITA     1'44.452
11      Massimo Roccoli         Yamaha          ITA     1'44.741
12      Simone Sanna            Honda           ITA     1'44.869
13      Barry Veneman           Suzuki          NED     1'45.044
14      Kai Borre Andersen      Suzuki          NOR     1'45.081
15      Robbin Harms            Honda           DNK     1'45.147
16      Yoann Tibero            Honda           FRA     1'45.199
17      Fabien Foret            Kawasaki        FRA     1'45.473
18      Mauro Sanchini          Yamaha          ITA     1'45.751
19      Gregory Leblanc         Honda           FRA     1'45.765
20      David Perret            Kawasaki        FRA     1'45.818
21      Miguel Praia            Honda           POR     1'45.892
22      William De Angelis      Honda           ITA     1'45.893
23      Arie Vos                Honda           NED     1'45.910
24      Vesa Kallio             Yamaha          FIN     1'45.962
25      Didier Van Keymeulen    Yamaha          BEL     1'45.971
26      Chris Peris             Yamaha          CAN     1'46.393
27      Stuart Easton           Ducati          GBR     1'46.425
28      Christian Zaiser        Ducati          AUT     1'46.498

-credit: yamaha racing

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Stephane Chambon , Broc Parkes , Mauro Sanchini , David Checa , Katsuaki Fujiwara , Fabien Foret , Kenan Sofuoglu , Didier Van Keymeulen , Robbin Harms , Johan Stigefelt , Stuart Easton , Chris Peris , Miguel Praia , Gianluca Nannelli , Barry Veneman , Kevin Curtain , Sébastien Charpentier , Gianluca Vizziello , Arie Vos , Massimo Roccoli , Vesa Kallio , Kai Borre Andersen , Christian Zaiser , Gregory Leblanc , Simone Sanna , David Perret