RAIN HALTS PROGRESS AT SNETTERTON Following on from this morning's dry free practice session, the typical British weather played a major part during qualifying for round five of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton ...
RAIN HALTS PROGRESS AT SNETTERTON
Following on from this morning's dry free practice session, the typical British weather played a major part during qualifying for round five of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton today.
The 50-minute qualifying session got underway in dry conditions under blue skies with Hydrex Bike Animal Honda riders James Ellison and Guy Martin feeling confident about setting a good time for tomorrow's two 21-lap races.
Initially Ellison was as high as fourth in the early stages of the session with Martin down the order in twentieth place and looking to improve, but James eventually dropped down to tenth half way through the session as the team continued improvements on the 2008 Honda Fireblade.
However any hopes that Ellison and Martin had of improving were dashed when drizzle on part of the circuit turned into heavier rain which put an end to any further fast times meaning that the pair ended in those tenth and twentieth places respectively on the grid.
There was still time for further drama during the session when Martin went to do some exploratory laps on the wet tyres, but sadly it ended when he slid off at The Esses late in the session fortunately without injury.
James Ellison: "I'm disappointed with that, I should be a lot higher and the bike and the team deserve to be higher. We changed a lot on the bike and the bike is easier to ride. I just came in for a new tyre and we were fourth and then I went back out and got stuck behind a couple of back markers and then it started to rain. I seem to be losing drive on the start/finish but we've got a plan for tomorrow and hopefully if it's dry in the morning we have some electronics to try and I always go better in the race anyway. I'm disappointed but quietly confident."
Guy Martin: "Rome wasn't built in a day and I've had three weeks of road racing and now I'm trying to do short circuit racing again and it takes me a bit of time to get my brain calibrated. We'll be fine tomorrow because I'm more of a racer than a qualifier."
Shaun Muir (Team Owner): "It's good to be back at BSB after such a disappointing TT fortnight. I still think we're capable of getting on the podium even with James qualifying down in tenth. I think had we had another couple of dry laps we could have got a quicker time, possibly a front row start. I think his results will be a lot higher than his start position. It will take a bit of time for Guy to get back in the short circuit mode but I'm sure after this meeting he'll be back on form for Mallory."
The first of the two 21-lap races gets underway at 1.15pm on Sunday with the second at 4.30pm.