2005 Suzuki GSX-R European Cup
Round 3, San Marino (at Misano circuit)
Circuit: 4.060 kms. Weather: Dry, sunny 30 C.
Friday qualifying, 24th June
'WILD CARD' ON PROVISIONAL POLE!
An Italian rider and wild card' entrant is on Provisional Pole for the third round of the Suzuki GSX-R European Cup, but it is not just any 'wild card', it is former World Superbike and Supersport star - Fabrizio Pirovano. Pirovano has probably put in more kilometres at Misano circuit then all the rest of the Suzuki GSX-R Cup riders together, but he showed that he has not lost any of his skill or competitive urge. After the qualifying session was over, his enjoyment was written all over his face and he was already planning his next session on the track.
Behind Pirovano today, is Spaniard Carmelo Morales, with young Belgian Xavier Simeon third and Andrea Masoni (another 'wild card') fourth. The event also marks the series debut of a female rider - Italian Alessia Polita. Considering that this was her first time on a GSX-R750 Suzuki at Misano circuit, she did well to finish 18th - and that was ahead of nine men!
Fabrizio Pirovano - Provisional Pole
I really enjoyed myself out there today and it brought back so many good memories. My leathers are the same size as when I used to race and, as I keep pretty fit, I had no problems at all with the heat. The bike is working really well and the only problem is the front tyre. We will try a few things tomorrow and see if we can get a better feeling there. I have been looking forward to this ride for some time and I am going to have a lot of fun.
Carmelo Morales - 2nd
It is my first time here, so I have lot of track learning to do - certainly more then Pirovano! I like this track though because it has many fast corners and I like that a lot. It is a bit technical, but not difficult to learn. What is difficult though is trying to cut those last fractions of a second. That's when you need the kind of experience of somebody like Pirovano.
1 Pirovano (I) 1:41.118, 2 Morales (E) 1:412.334, 3 Simeon (B) 1:41.477, 4 Masoni (I) 1:412.787, 5 Salon (E) 1:41.939, 6 Ortega (E) 1:42.562,