Foret on pole again.
Each time a rider wins pole position this year he gets a Breil watch for his effort. Ten Kate Honda's Fabien Foret is going to need long arms to display his spoils if he carries on racking up the pole positions. Breil will present him with his fifth pole winner's watch this season on Sunday before the race. He's now taken the last four pole positions running, having also taken pole at the opening race of the season in Valencia.
"I'm on pole again and of course I'm happy about that," smiled the Frenchman. "We had to do a lot of work to get this. The set up wasn't right even up until the morning warm up, but as usual my team worked very hard to get things right for this last session. At this circuit it's difficult to pass people so it's very important to qualify well and even more important to try to be leading out of the first bend."
Foret will be joined on the front row on Sunday by his Ten Kate Honda team mate Iain MacPherson. He qualified third, although he wasn't entirely happy with that result. "I reckon I could have got pole," he said afterwards. "I braked too early on my fast lap and that mistake must have cost me pole. But at least I'm on the front row. There's no point in going crazy in qualifying, there's no use in qualifying on the front row and then hurting yourself before the race. I'm very confident about Sunday's race, we have a really good set up, the WP Suspension is perfect, the bike's running really well as usual and the Pirelli tyres are excellent."
For Team Manager Ronald ten Kate the situation is almost perfect, "We've worked very hard as usual and this is a great reward for that effort," he commented. "Both riders have put 100% effort into their performance, as have the entire team. It's very important to get a good qualifying position but also to arrive at a good racing set up, and we have just that."
1, F. Foret, FRA, Ten Kate Honda, 1'29.212
2, K. Muggeridge, AUS, Honda, 1'29.234
3, I. MacPherson, GBR, Ten Kate Honda, 1'29.310
4, S. Chambon, FRA, Suzuki, 1'29.453
5, J. Teuchert, GER, Yamaha, 1'29.470
6, J. Whitham, GBR, Yamaha, 1'29.491
7, K. Fujiwara, JPN, Suzuki, 1'29.528
8, C. Kellner, GER, Yamaha, 1'29.644
9, C. Cogan, FRA, Honda, 1'29.680
10, A. Carlacci, ITA, Yamaha, 1'29.738