Brno: Team YZF Yamaha qualifying report

Nakatomi only 0.007 from the Superpole For less than one hundredth of a second, Shinichi Nakatomi could not qualify for the Superpole. He was in 18th position and he is looking for a good race. He finished 8th in Brno in 2006 and 9th in...

Nakatomi only 0.007 from the Superpole

For less than one hundredth of a second, Shinichi Nakatomi could not qualify for the Superpole. He was in 18th position and he is looking for a good race. He finished 8th in Brno in 2006 and 9th in 2007.

On Friday, the Japanese rider was 17th, 1.4 seconds behind the provisional pole position. On Saturday, he barely missed the qualification for the top 16 who go to Superpole even if his lap time was faster than the day before. The team could be proud of the best top speed, the Yamaha R1 being the fastest motorcycle of the whole field.

Shinichi Nakatomi: "We worked a lot on the set up and we made some progress, but the other teams too. My times have been faster and faster, but it was the same for the other riders. My feeling is not so bad, even if the grid position is not so good. The times are very close. We worked well on the set up for the race."

Martial Garcia (team-manager): "The practices have been positive, even if the final result is that we are not in Superpole for 0.007, only 1.2 seconds from the best time. We made a good choice of tyres, despite the aggression of the new track surface. We tested on the race distance with lap times between 2.01 and 2.02, which is one second faster than last year. We are confident for the races because the potential is very good."

-credit: yzf

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Shinichi Nakatomi