CHARPENTIER FLIES TO BRNO POLE POSITION A fly embedded in SÃ©bastien Charpentier's eye did not prevent the Winston Ten Kate Honda rider from setting the fastest time in today's World Supersport championship final qualifying session at Brno in...
CHARPENTIER FLIES TO BRNO POLE POSITION
A fly embedded in Sébastien Charpentier's eye did not prevent the Winston Ten Kate Honda rider from setting the fastest time in today's World Supersport championship final qualifying session at Brno in the Czech Republic.
The Frenchman was almost half a second faster than second-placed Kevin Curtain with Michel Fabrizio and Broc Parkes taking the remaining front row slots. Charpentier's replacement team-mate for the Brno event, Craig Jones, battled back from a crash early on in the session to post the thirteenth fastest time.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That was very, very impressive. We started today's session with a longer run on used tyres to simulate tomorrow's race but Kevin (Curtain) went quick very early on and later set a time that seemed unbeatable. Sébastien came in with a fly deeply embedded in his eye and we couldn't get it out but he then went and put in a time that, frankly, I thought was impossible. Craig has continued to make progress today but unfortunately found a bump that he wasn't expecting and crashed out early in the session. Going out on the spare CBR upset his rhythm and development with the bike but he is used to fairly intense racing battles in the British championship so I'm sure he'll get his head down for tomorrow's encounter.
Sébastien Charpentier - fastest, 2m06.283s
"I think that a 2:06.2 on a supersport machine here at Brno is a very high level and this is surely my best qualifying session from my six pole positions this year. Misano was very difficult and I had a similar fight with Kevin (Curtain) at Silverstone. You could say it's not necessary for me to go so hard for pole position because of the championship but it is something that I enjoy - especially today! I thought Kevin's 2:06.7 was a good time but I came in with the fly in my eye and put on some new tyres. I spent a lap concentrating before the quick one because you have to be aggressive in some places here and smooth in others. I'm looking forward to a good fight again tomorrow and we're ready for the race."
Craig Jones - thirteenth fastest, 2m08.423s
"I've just tried to keep making progress since yesterday and I think we were going in the right direction after this morning. I was on an out lap and not pushing that hard but found a bump on the last corner and the front just washed out. I guess that's part of learning a new circuit. I still need some more time to make the bike my own but I'm happy enough to keep on making the little improvements we have been doing. We've got a little more time in warm-up tomorrow and then I just plan to go out and enjoy the race."
World Supersport, Brno - final qualifying times: 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2m06.283s, 2 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 2:06.703, 3 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 2:07.153, 4 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 2:07.188, 5 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 2:07.266, 6 Robin Harms DEN (Honda) 2:07.752, 7 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 2:07.876, 8 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati), 9 Werner Daemen BEL (Honda) 2:08.016, 10 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) 2:08.164, 13 Craig Jones GBR (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2:08.423.