Satisfactory start for FPR at Brands Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Troy Corser and Chris Walker both expressed satisfaction with their initial progress on the opening day of the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch ...
Satisfactory start for FPR at Brands
Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Troy Corser and Chris Walker both expressed satisfaction with their initial progress on the opening day of the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch today.
Troy finished the day eighth fastest with a time of 1:28.795 while local hero Chris was 14th with a time of 1:29.301. While golden oldie Frankie Chili set a blistering pace of 1:27.990 under the hot Kent sunshine, both FPR men were pleased with the performance of the FP1 on Pirelli race rubber.
Troy said: "I am reasonably happy to be that close on the first day - only a few tenths off third. I feel good on the bike, which is handling well and the mapping has improved the roll-on and roll-off connection of the throttle. We are just losing little bits of time on the straights. But I still think we can pick up a tenth here and there and I am pretty confident I can get into the low 28s tomorrow. We are going in the right direction with race tyres even though it was probably the hottest track temperature we've had at 47 degrees. I tried a qualifier but only went a tenth quicker. The grip was better and, now that I have got the feel for it, I know I can go quicker on it tomorrow. I have also been going from one bike to the other, testing out the new clutch. But I have got used to the old clutch so, while the new one feels different, I'm not yet sure if it is better yet."
Chris said: "All in all it was a good day. I'm `smashed' to be down in 14th but I have been running seventh or eighth all day on race tyres and that is good news. The settings were good straight out of the box and the bike was running well and working well. There are a couple of places on the track where the bike is a little down on power so I just need to let the brakes off a bit more in a couple of the faster corners! I didn't get a good time on my first lap on the qualifier so went for it on the second. When I went through the dip at Dingle Dell the hugger hit the exhaust, broke off and sliced the tyre, so I wasn't able to go any quicker on that lap. We changed the fork settings in the morning and the improvement was like night and day. Apart from that we have just been working through rear tyres and tweaking the suspension here and there."
Friday qualifying times, Superbike World Championship, round 8, Brands Hatch: 1 Chili 1:27.990; 2 Nannelli 1:28.246; 3 Haga 1:28.425; 4 Borciani 1:28.518; 5 Pedercini 1:28.525; 6 Laconi 1:28.726; 7 Haslam 1:28.734; 8 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 1:28.795; 9 Vermeulen 1:28.869; 10 Bussei 1:28.978; 14 Walker 1:29.304 (Foggy PETRONAS Racing)
Friday morning free practice times: 1 Chili (PSG-1) 1:28.394; 2 Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1:28.525; 3 Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1:28.646; 4 Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 1:29.225; 5 Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1:29.335; 6 Borciani (DFX) 1:29.361; 7 Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) 1:29.387; 8 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 1:29.405; 9 Coxhell (Vitrans Honda) 1:29.457; 10 Nannelli (Team Pedercini) 1:29.518; 12 Walker (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 1:29.729