Benelli 18th fastest at Assen on Friday.
Peter Goddard rode the Benelli Sport to 18th in first qualifying at Assen today. On a circuit that favours horsepower Goddard struggled to keep pace with the rest of the field.
"Put simply we're not fast enough for this circuit," admitted Peter. "The Benelli handles really well which is why we did well at Oschersleben - a handling circuit. But at Assen you're nobody if you don't have plenty of horsepower. There's a forecast for rain, which might actually help us as it would remove the horsepower advantage that some bikes have over us."
Unfortunately the tight schedule of the last few weeks hasn't allowed the Benelli Sport team time to make further modifications to the Benelli Tornado. However, the team hopes to develop the machine further between now and Imola.
"We have several new parts waiting for us back at the workshop," explained Goddard. "There's more power inside the Tornado waiting to come out!"
The qualifying session was dominated by Colin Edwards, a man on a mission at the moment. The American is 29 points behind leader Troy Bayliss and he's pushing the Australian hard to try and steal the championship away from his iron grip.