Donington: Yamaha Supersport Imola test summary

Crutchlow on fire in the Italian Sunshine Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow continues to be the man to catch in the World Supersport Championship after displaying more of the blistering speed at Imola that has kept him at the front of...

Crutchlow on fire in the Italian Sunshine

Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow continues to be the man to catch in the World Supersport Championship after displaying more of the blistering speed at Imola that has kept him at the front of the pack so far this year. The first day of testing ended with Crutchlow setting a 1'52.9 lap, over six tenths faster than any other rider on the track, another he has never ridden before. Day two saw more impressive riding as he consistently led the field, only passed by Sofuoglu in the dying stages of the day.

Team mate Fabien Foret got quietly down to business in day one, putting in impressive laps to finish the day fourth in the standings two tenths of a second behind title challenger Eugene Laverty. Day two saw the French rider put down more consistent times to end in fourth.

The Yamaha World Supersport Team also took part in a one day test at Brno last week. The test was Fabien Foret's first run on the Czech circuit since he crashed there last year. It was Crutchlow's first time at Brno however the English rider was fast from the off, going under the lap record in the process.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team

"It's been really good for me to come here and learn the circuit, I didn't use anywhere near as many tyres as some of the other riders so was really happy with the times I've managed to put in. I'm looking forward to coming back and racing here. I also had a good run in Brno last week, great to get the lap record and I'm really excited about racing there next week."

Fabien Foret, Yamaha Word Supersport Team

"I'm really happy with my riding here. I've found some tyres I really like which has helped me find the front end a bit more on the bike so I'm looking forward to testing that in race conditions. Brno was interesting last week, it was a big deal to come back here after my crash last year so it was very important to go round the track and feel ok."

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager

"We are very pleased with what we have achieved here, Cal has been fast on both days. We tried everything we wanted to test and we come away with some good information. We've learnt some things for the race here as well. Fabien found a really good front tyre and finishing fourth behind the top guys is good so he's pleased. For Brno it was good to come back to a track where Fabien had big crash last year and it was important for Cal to learn the track and he broke the lap record so it's fair to say he likes it there! Let's see how he goes next week."

-credit: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Fabien Foret , Eugene Laverty , Cal Crutchlow