Imola: Benelli Sport Saturday summary

Benelli Sport foiled by rain. The last round of the World Superbike championship, taking place at Imola, Italy, was today was a victim of a surprise rain shower. Rain fell heavily before the final qualifying session today spoiling Benelli...

Benelli Sport foiled by rain.

The last round of the World Superbike championship, taking place at Imola, Italy, was today was a victim of a surprise rain shower. Rain fell heavily before the final qualifying session today spoiling Benelli Sport's chances of improving on Friday's 20th position on the grid.

Unable to improve his lap times on the slippery surface rider Peter Goddard now faces the uphill task of racing from the back of the fifth row.

"We had hoped we'd get some good track time today to get us further up the grid," explained Goddard. "But once the rain started that was it. I just hope it doesn't rain again on Sunday."

Fortunately, the weather forecast for Sunday is for sunshine, so Peter should get his choice of weather for his battle up through the field during the two races.

This weekend marks the end of the first full year of World Superbike participation by the Benelli Sport team. They first entered the World Championship in the middle of the 2002 season at Misano, effectively the San Marino based team's home round.

While Goddard has his own personal battle to improve on his starting position, there will be another battle going on up front between championship leader Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss. Edwards leads Bayliss by only one point going into the final two races of the season.

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