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Old 03-13-2009, 06:57 AM   #1
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SPOILER WSBK:Qatar - Qualifying times (2)

Full qualifying times (2) from the second round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Losail International Circuit, Qatar.


1. Ben Spies USA Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 58.886s
2. Jonathan Rea GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.177s
3. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1min 59.499s
4. Tom Sykes GBR Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 59.632s
5. Carlos Checa ESP HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.632s
6. Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing Ducati 1098R 1min 59.731s
7. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1098R 1mins 59.812s
8. Shane Byrne GBR Sterilgarda Ducati 1098R 1min 59.821s
9. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.937s
10. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 59.954s
11. Broc Parkes AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-0R 2mins 00.012s
12. Leon Haslam GBR Stiggy Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 00.117s
13. Regis Laconi FRA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 2mins 00.193s
14. Shinya Nakano JPN Aprilia Racing RSV-4 2mins 00.238s
15. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1098R 2mins 00.254s
16. Yukio Kagayama JPN Alstare Suzuki GSX-R 1000K9 2mins 00.264s
17. Max Neukirchner GER Alstare Suzuki GSX-R 1000K9 2mins 00.345s
18. Roberto Rolfo ITA Stiggy Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 00.374s
19. Tommy Hill GBR HANNspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 00.390s
20. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2mins 00.480s

21. Karl Muggeridge AUS Celani Suzuki GSX-R1000 2mins 00.738s
22. Makoto Tamada JPN Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 2mins 00.839s
23. David Salom ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 01.047s
24. Brendan Roberts AUS Guandalini Racing Ducati 1098R 2mins 01.165s
25. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA SCI Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 01.560s
26. Ayrton Badovini ITA PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 02.561s
27. Luca Scassa ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 01.607s
28. Matteo Baiocco ITA PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 02.663s

Official Qatar WSBK lap records:
Superpole: Troy Corser Yamaha 1min 58.053s (2008)
Race lap: Fonsi Nieto Suzuki 1min 59.156s (2008)


Spies is unbelievable only man in the 58's, he must learn quick!!

Nice to see Tommy Sykes up there
Johnny Rea too

Haga 15th ???????????????????

Biaggi showing again that the Aprilia is quick

Byrne showing at last

Suzuki 16th and 17th
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Yeah Ben!! Nice that speed is going to air BOTH races Saturday. I really love that Ben has always kept the Texas flag on his bike and or leathers. He's rep'n the Lonestar state all over the world. Two for two and counting. So happy to see an American dominate WSBK again. Now hope he can stay away from Biaggi on the opening laps.

..........and what is happening with the Kawis's? They sucking THAT bad motor wise?
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Wow, first two poles. He is the real deal.
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Qatar - Superpole qualifying times

Full Superpole times and grid positions for the second round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Losail International Circuit, Qatar.

1. Ben Spies USA Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 57.280s
2. Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing Ducati 1098R 1min 57.384s
3. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1min 57.694s
4. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1098R 1min 57.850s
5. Tom Sykes GBR Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 57.878s
6. Shinya Nakano JPN Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1min 58.755s
7. Carlos Checa ESP HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.090s
8. Shane Byrne GBR Sterilgarda Ducati 1098R 2mins 00.021s

9. Roberto Rolfo ITA Stiggy Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR 1min 58.734s
10. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1098R 1mins 58.919s
11. Regis Laconi FRA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1min 59.044s
12. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.055s
13. Broc Parkes AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-0R 1min 59.074s
14. Yukio Kagayama JPN Alstare Suzuki GSX-R 1000K9 1min 59.134s
15. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 59.454s
16. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2mins 00.494s

17. Jonathan Rea GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.713s
18. Leon Haslam GBR Stiggy Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR 1mins 59.882s
19. Max Neukirchner GER Alstare Suzuki GSX-R 1000K9 1min 59.926s
20. Tommy Hill GBR HANNspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 00.108s

Following grid positions decided in Qualifying 2

21. Karl Muggeridge AUS Celani Suzuki GSX-R1000 2mins 00.738s
22. Makoto Tamada JPN Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 2mins 00.839s
23. David Salom ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 01.047s
24. Brendan Roberts AUS Guandalini Racing Ducati 1098R 2mins 01.165s
25. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA SCI Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 01.560s
26. Ayrton Badovini ITA PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R 2min 02.561s
27. Luca Scassa ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 01.607s
28. Matteo Baiocco ITA PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 02.663s

Official Qatar WSBK lap records:
Superpole: Troy Corser Yamaha 1min 58.053s (2008)
Race lap: Fonsi Nieto Suzuki 1min 59.156s (2008)

look at Spies lap time, fkn 'ell

is Haga sandbagging, nearly 3secs quicker in superpole
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17. Jonathan Rea GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.713s
18. Leon Haslam GBR Stiggy Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR 1mins 59.882s
19. Max Neukirchner GER Alstare Suzuki GSX-R 1000K9 1min 59.926s
3 of the front runners from Australia, the first round.
this new format superpole is catching people out
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THAT DUC SURE IS SUCKING HUH ALROVA? i told you that spies and the yammi will dominate this year the way haga should have dominated last year on the yammi.
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woot woot, top 5 all in the 57's. The pace is very high.
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THAT DUC SURE IS SUCKING HUH ALROVA? i told you that spies and the yammi will dominate this year the way haga should have dominated last year on the yammi.
Haga f'd up and he knows it. He shoulda stayed with yamaha but last year he had Bayliss feaver and thought it was the bike doin it sorry Haga you f'd up boy!
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Laverty scorches to second on the grid

PARKALGAR HONDA ace Eugene Laverty backed up claims that he is a potential race winner with actions at the second round of the World Supersport Championship in Qatar by taking second place on the grid behind Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow.

Miguel Praia crashed his Parkalgar Honda twice in final qualifying but was unhurt and eventually finished in 14th. The race at the Losail circuit takes place on Saturday 14th March at 1125 CET.

Eugene: “I am happy with everything about my Parkalgar Honda and qualifying, it is good, even my race pace. I haven’t completed a full race distance run but very close to it and the rear tyre is fine, we have been working on the front and made that tyre choice as well. Between sessions we concentrated on the front end of the bike and rather than making a small one-step change we made a larger two step change in the direction we think is best and it worked perfectly. We have changed the chassis and geometry to add more weight to the front for improved feel and better turning in the tighter areas of the track. It’s hard to believe that Cal Crutchlow and I qualified and finished together in Phillip Island and we have qualified together again. I’m looking forward to the race.”

Miguel: “I set my best qualifying lap early in the session on a used tyre and then had two crashes. In both crashes I went in to the corners too hot and I am sorry to my crew for the damage to the bikes and the extra work it means for them to repair them. I am disappointed with these crashes but lucky to be uninjured and will make the most of 14th on the grid. I like this circuit, my Parkalgar Honda is good and I really do think the top 10 is achievable.”

Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: “What a mega job by Eugene. On ideal times combining the best sectors of each rider he would have been on pole position. His race pace is right at the front along with Sofuoglu, Pitt, Crutchlow and maybe Foret; the winner I expect will come from this group and Eugene has a great chance. Miguel crashed twice but is perfectly OK and has matched his best ever qualifying of 14th so is well placed for scoring points in the race and hopefully getting in the top 10. It’s going to be an exciting and close race.”
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Second row for Checa after frustrating day in the desert

Carlos Checa will start tomorrow’s second round 2009 World Superbike races in Qatar from the second row of the grid after setting the seventh fastest time in today’s final Superpole session at the Losail circuit.

The Spanish rider has been near the top of the timing sheets for most of the first two days at the 5.38km circuit, but his Ten Kate Honda team-mates, Jonathan Rea and Ryuichi Kiyonari, were unable to convert qualifying speed into grid positions in the new format Superpole.

Second fastest after regulation qualifying, Rea went out in the first Superpole session on soft race rubber, on which he was unable to match his earlier times, resulting in the 22-year-old being eliminated. Kiyonari meanwhile, who has been running top five for the first two days of the meeting, crashed in the second Superpole session, ending up 12th fastest.

Carlos Checa – P7, 1’59.090
The final Superpole session with the last eight riders was not so good. We made some small changes to the bike and I made some mistakes, so, instead of a high 1’57s lap which I was aiming for, we ended up with a low ’59. However, for tomorrow’s races I’m confident in the package we have been working with. We’ll hope that the tyres are working and giving the same feeling as we’ve had today. If that’s the case, then I’m confident of two good races.

Ryuichi Kiyonari – P12, 1’59.055s
The lap times are very good on the race tyre and we’ve tried many different settings today, so I’m happy with what we have for the races. In the second Superpole session, I went as soon as pit-lane opened but pushed a little too hard as I tried to make a gap on someone behind me. So, I start again on the third row and, as long as I get a good start and a solid first lap, I’m confident of some good results.

Jonathan Rea – P17, 1’59.177s
I’ve been running near the top for the last two days, so I used a soft race tyre in the first Superpole session – one that I’d done a fast time on in the free practice just before. Unfortunately, it didn’t work and although we thought we’d be safe, as it turned out, we weren’t. It’s going to be very hard from the fifth row tomorrow, but I’m really confident in the package the we’ve got and in my ability to do the lap times. Whereas I was a bit nervous on the front row in Australia, I’m quite pumped for tomorrow and I’ll do my best to make it happen. There might be some fireworks on the first couple of laps, so stay tuned!

Ronald ten Kate – team manager
The Superpole results just do not reflect the solid work and good performances that we’ve been putting in so far. In the majority of sessions, we’ve had all three riders fully up at the front. Anyway, we have to get on with two tough and challenging races tomorrow, especially Johnny who must come from a long way down the grid. I’m still confident we can deliver some good results though.
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Front row starts for Ten Kate duo

Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt will both start from the front row for tomorrow’s second round 2009 World Supersport championship race at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Pole position was taken by British rider, Cal Crutchlow, from another Honda rider, Eugene Laverty.

The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda riders set the third and fourth fastest times respectively in this afternoon’s 45-minute second qualifying session at the 5.38km circuit near Qatar’s capital, Doha.

Reigning World Supersport champion, Pitt, has been concentrating on fine tuning the set-up of his Honda CBR600RR, meanwhile, despite a crash in both free practice this morning and during the latter stages of qualifying, his team-mate, Sofuoglu, remains confident of challenging for a podium place during tomorrow’s 18-lap race.

Kenan Sofuoglu – P3, 2’01.810s
On the way into turn four this afternoon, I had a slide and a very big highside. The bike hit me after, so it is quite painful. Apart from this problem, I am very happy with the bike and the way my crew has been working so hard. We have very good race pace and I am starting from the front row, which is so important. I will be going out to win tomorrow, or to finish on the podium at least.

Andrew Pitt – P4, 2’02.266s
I’m happy enough with the front row because race day is normally when we pull it all together. We’ve still got a few small improvements to look for to make it easier to do the lap times, but all in all I’m happy with today. I was ready to go for a faster lap towards the end but there were a few slower riders waiting for me and, by the time I’d shaken them, the clock was gone.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager
We’re very happy to have both riders on the front row, which is always our main objective in qualifying. Kenan had quite a big crash trying to grab pole position but luckily there are no major injuries. The lap-by-lap times suggest a very tight battle in tomorrow’s race but, if we can resolve some small issues, we’re confident of fighting for two podium finishes.
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WSS'09 Round 2 | Losail, day 2

The second qualifying session in Doha, Qatar brings satisfaction to the ParkinGO Triumph BE1 Racing team as Gianluca Nannelli sets seventh time while Garry McCoy finishes in ninth position giving both riders a boost in confidence. The work done on the cycle part yesterday and today should help the machines' performance as well, especially in bumping and barging situations.

GIANLUCA NANNELLI | Triumph Daytona 675 | 7th in 2'02.497: "We've done a great job and the bike feels good on the brakes now and when entering the corner as well. The second row is pretty satisfactory, I just hope to have a great race and would love to score Triumph's best ever result in the WSS".

GARRY McCOY | Triumph Daytona 675 | 9th in 2'02.634: "I've done this session all by myself and managed to improve yesterday's time. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish an entire lap properly and just missed row two. In the third part of the session I've always found some slower riders on my trajectory during the warm-up laps, after setting first two rows split times in the early part of the session. However, I'm confident I can do well, my pace is very good and the cycle part has gotten better. In tomorrow's warm-up I just have to change the clutch which is not regular at the moment in order to avoid braking issues".
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Hoegee Suzuki Racing

The very close field this year has delivered a grid for the second round, unfortunately without the Hoegee Suzuki Team riders playing a key roll. In both practices it was not possible to extract the pure speed from the bikes and show the improvements versus last year as the team did show 2 weeks ago.

A change of engine after some technical problems yesterday allowed Barry Veneman to improve his times from yesterday, but not enough to clime in the rankings. "With an 18th position on the grid, the developments of last moths have not revealed their potential" says Marc Hoegee. "We will closely analyse this and go to work with the results."

Of course Barry Veneman would have liked to show this weekend already during qualifying where he belongs. "Yesterday at the end of the first qualifying we had a problem with the engine that kept me wi th the 2'03.5, although we already could have done better. We changed the engine, the feeling was good and I managed to improve, but not enough. In such a situation you push to the limits trying to compensate and produce that acceptable qualifying lap. The little bit of luck you need in such situation was lacking at the end." In the last part of a fast lap with intermediate times ranking top-10, Barry had to compensate, which eliminated the change for a good qualifying practise.

Several changes made to the bike after the morning session and even during qualifying brought Shaun an improvement of around 2.2 secs versus yesterday, not enough to leave P30 behind him, but according to Shaun: "These changes worked very well, the feeling is a lot better now. I wished the qualifying practice lasted another half hour. In that case I certainly would have continued the progress shown in the end. Now I'll prepare for the race itself."

Marc Hoegee still sees opportunities for the race. "A race has it's own dynamics. The differences are y small. We haven't shown our potential today, that's a pity and we don't like that, however constant performing through 18 laps is something else. Though the bike did not bring what it should today during qualifying, I'm still confident for the race."
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Spies (Yamaha) notches up second Superpole win in two races

Update: March 13, 2009, 16.05 PM ET

After dominating the two WSBK qualifying sessions, Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) powered to the same result in Superpole with his second success in two races. The 24 year-old Texan lapped the 5.380 km Losail desert circuit in a time of 1 minute 57.280 seconds, almost eight-tenths of a second quicker than Troy Corser's best mark from 2008. The starting-grid was similar to the opening round in Australia, but this time Jakub Smrz on a customer Guandalini Ducati 1098R placed second, a fraction of a second behind Spies, and ahead of Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) in third. The front row of the grid was completed by Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who managed to move up to a fourth place slot following two below-par qualifying sessions.

Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike): "The most important thing is being on the front row with this many fast guys. I almost ruined my lap but we eventually got the job done. Race pace is looking promising, which is important but I feel sure it's going to be a hard race tomorrow. You still have to search for the speed and find the limit in Superpole, I don't know anything different, it's the only one I've done but it's working well for me so far."


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Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati): "We have made a really good weekend, now we still have the race to do, but we have a good set-up and for us the times are very positive. I was also working well in Superpole because there wasn't much traffic, I didn't catch anyone and I was able to do my best."

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing): "I'm very happy again to be fighting for the pole position, I think we did a very good job today. We tried to find the best set-up on both bikes, and I'm going to chose the one that feels the most comfortable. I have already made my tyre choice and feel quite comfortable so thanks again to my squad, they are great guys."

Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox): "It was a much better Superpole for me than in Australia and I am very happy to be on the front row of the grid. We had a little problem today but managed to sort that and now I am sure that tomorrow we will go very well in the races."

With fifth place on the grid, Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) confirmed that the four-cylinder Japanese R1 machine is proving to be a very competitive machine indeed this year, and the British rider will start tomorrow's two 18-lap races with Japan's Shinya Nakano (Aprilia Racing), Spain's Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) from the UK alongside.

The new Superpole format again produced a few surprises. The first run saw the elimination of two of the stars of Phillip Island, Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare) and Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who will now start from row 5; while neither Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser (BMW) nor Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) made the final cut after the second knock-out session.

Times: 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.280; 2. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'57.384; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1'57.694; 4. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'57.850; 5. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.878; 6. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 1'58.755; 7. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.090; 8. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 2'00.021; ... 9. Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.734; 10. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'58.919; 11. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1'59.044; 12. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.055; 13. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'59.074; 14. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'59.134; 15. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'59.435; 16. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'59.454; ... 17. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.713; 18. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.882; 19. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'59.926; 20. Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.108

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Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) was quickest again today in the second and final qualifying session for the World Supersport race, giving the Japanese manufacturer its first pole of the year and its second today at the Losail circuit. The 23 year-old British rider knocked one second off his Thursday mark to end up with a time of 2 minutes 01.586 seconds, almost four-tenths quicker than Fabien Foret's best from last year. The other riders on the front row are all on Honda CBR600RR machines, with Ireland's Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar) ahead of the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda champion pair of Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt, the Turkish rider crashing out in the final stages of the session while chasing the pole. Fabien Foret heads the next row of the grid in fifth place on the second factory Yamaha R6, ahead of Matthieu Lagrive (Hannspree Honda Althea) and Gianluca Nannelli (ParkinGO Triumph).
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NORIYUKI HAGA (DUCATI XEROX) AND THE DUCATI 1198 TO START FROM THE FRONT ROW TOMORROW AT LOSAIL

Losail (Qatar), Friday 13th March: After another challenging day on track at the International Circuit of Losail in Qatar, the Ducati Xerox rider Noriyuki Haga earned a well-deserved place on the front row of tomorrow’s grid, concluding a closely fought Superpole with the fourth fastest time of the day on board his factory Ducati 1198. Yamaha’s Ben Spies dominated today’s sessions to take the Superpole, closely followed by Smrz on Team Guandalini’s Ducati 1098 and by Biaggi (Aprilia) who has done well at this track in the past.

Noriyuki’s Italian team-mate Michel Fabrizio will line up in tenth position on the grid after having made a small mistake during what needed to be his fastest lap in the second Superpole session.

Both Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki and Michel continued to struggle throughout today’s sessions with major problems due to lack of rear grip. Nevertheless, in the second qualifying session this morning, Michel was able to improve slightly on the time he set yesterday to qualify in seventh place for the afternoon’s Superpole. Team-mate Noriyuki fought a losing battle during the morning and concluded the qualifying sessions in fifteenth position, making up for this however in the Superpole that followed.

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“I am very happy to be on the front row of the grid tomorrow, a big improvement on my grid position in Phillip Island! We have had some problems today and yesterday with the rear grip but we think that we have found a way forward for tomorrow’s races. Tomorrow will be tough, not just for me but for all of us, and so to be able start from the front row will of course be an advantage.”

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“I unfortunately made a small error while making the fast lap in the second Superpole session. At the penultimate corner I was in the wrong gear, I should have been in second when I was instead in third and I know I lost a few tenths during that split as a result. Although I had time to make one further lap the tyre was already gone. I had at least hoped to get into the top eight but it was that mistake that cost me a place further forward on the grid. Anyway I will do my best tomorrow, as always, and hope that is enough.”
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UNLUCKY FRIDAY 13TH FOR RUBEN AND TROY.

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser were two of many riders who suffered in the new Superpole system and so will start tomorrow’s pair of 18-lap races from the fourth row of the grid. Once again Troy had performed superbly in regular qualifying and had finished 8th in the first session and tenth in the second. He then followed that up with the fourth fastest lap in Superpole 1, but that lap time was wiped away for the 16 riders who lined up for Superpole 2. He used the same type of qualifier for Superpole 2, but the tyre didn’t work as well, causing the front end of the bike to chatter. This problem was enough to prevent Troy from getting into Superpole 3 and a possible place on the second row of the grid. Ruben improved his lap times by over three seconds from first practice and was happy to qualify for Superpole 1. He managed to get into Superpole 2, but no further. As a result he will line up on the fourth row of the grid with Troy alongside. American Ben Spies (Yamaha) won Superpole, with Jakob Smrz (Ducati) second, Max Biaggi (Aprilia) third and series leader Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) fourth.

Ruben - 15th, 1:59.435
Of course, it is disappointing to be on the fourth row of the grid, but I’m happy because I have improved my lap times so much since my first session here. It’s not so easy developing a bike during the race weekend, but it’s just something that we have to get used to doing and trying to do it as well as we can. The more we push the bike towards its limit, the more we find out things and the more we have to work out how to improve those things.
In the afternoon, I had a lot chatter and couldn’t push any harder, but I know that my lap time on race tyres is quite good. It’s a shame that our first two races are so far from our workshops because I’m sure we could have solved some of the problems more quickly if we’d been able to do the work. But we cannot stop time, we just have to keep working hard. I know I am in the best team in the paddock and that gives me a lot of power. I want to be up the front - sooner rather than later - and I know it’s going to take some time, but I am confident that we are going to get there, before too long.

Troy - 16th, 1:59.954
I’m not a fan of this new Superpole system and I think it must be quite hard for the fans to follow and understand. My lap in Superpole 1 would’ve put me on row three for sure and maybe row two, if luck had gone our way. In Superpole 1, I used a qualifying tyre for the first time this year and did a 1:58.950 quite easily. But for Superpole 2, that time gets wiped clean and you start all over again. We used the same tyre on the same bike for Superpole 2, but suddenly the bike was chattering and that made it impossible to go any quicker. It’s a bit frustrating when that happens and now I know I have got a very hard job ahead. My bike is not so fast at the top end as most of my rivals, so it means that I am going to have to work harder in the turns trying to stay with them. This track has a long front straight and then a series of corners, so it is very easy to get held up and then not be able catch the front group. My plan is to get two good starts and see what happens in the race.
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I'm going with Cal in the WSS followed by Pitt and Superglue

In WSBK, Spies and Haga to share a win each with Sykes grabbing a third somewhere !!
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