FPR riders set up for Assen qualifying challenge
Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Troy Corser and Chris Walker spent the first day of qualifying for the ninth round of the Superbike World Championship focusing on setting up the FP1 for the fast-flowing corners of Assen in the Netherlands.
Championship hopeful Frankie Chili set a blistering pace of 2:04.028, with Troy and Chris posting times of 2:05.742 and 2:06.665 respectively.
It was a day of adjustment for both riders as they continued to familiarise themselves with changes of characteristics and increased gearing options from the latest specification of FP1 engine.
Troy said: "I changed a few things from this morning, including the gearing and the front fork and rear shock settings to try and help the bike turn better. The changes made improvements in some places but not in others. But those changes were a bit rushed and now we can fine-tune them for maximum benefit. I did my fastest time on the hardest rear, which didn't weave around like the others at high speed.
"I didn't really want to use a qualifier today but thought that the conditions for Superpole tomorrow might be the same as this afternoon. It was the softer qualifier and had better grip in the slower corners but less in the faster corners. I actually thought the time was going to be slower than it was, especially as I made a small mistake and Bussei was in the way at one point. We have also been going better on the other qualifier at previous rounds."
Chris said: "I felt great this morning but struggled in the afternoon session. It took me all session to match the time from this morning and I hadn't changed anything huge. Maybe I was trying a bit too hard, but something wasn't quite there to give me the confidence to go faster. I did change the gearing from the morning, which always affects the geometry, and it did feel heavier but when I reverted to the morning settings and tyres, the bike was chattering so badly that I could hardly see!"