Phillip Island: Ten Kate Honda Saturday notes

Checa on front row for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Carlos Checa has secured his first front row start of the 2008 HANNspree Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island in Australia today. The HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider is starting to get to...

Checa on front row for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

Carlos Checa has secured his first front row start of the 2008 HANNspree Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island in Australia today. The HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider is starting to get to grips with the all-new HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and will start from fourth position on the grid in tomorrow's race. The Spaniard set a Superpole lap of 1'32.373 to take his place alongside Troy Bayliss, Troy Corser and Michel Fabrizio.

Checa's team-mates and fellow World Superbike rookies Ryuichi Kiyonari and Kenan Sofuoglu are still adapting to the new bike and working on finding the optimum set-up for their riding styles. They will start tomorrow's race from 19th and 21st places respectively.

HANNspree Honda Althea's Roberto Rolfo continued to improve with his new team and propelled himself from 16th position to 13th place on the grid following a successful Superpole session. The Italian recorded a lap of 1'33.104 and improved on his times from the previous day's practice sessions.

It is championship leader Bayliss who secured pole position. The Australian looked comfortable at his home track and will be pushing to further extend his lead at the head of the standings to gain an early advantage in the title chase for the 2008 HANNspree Superbike World Championship title.

-credit: hannspreeracingworld.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Troy Corser , Kenan Sofuoglu , Michel Fabrizio , Ryuichi Kiyonari , Phillip Island