Crutchlow gets straight onto the pace at Kyalami Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow got straight down to business in the first qualifying session of the Kyalami race weekend today. Crutchlow spent the session in the top two positions, only...
Crutchlow gets straight onto the pace at Kyalami
Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow got straight down to business in the first qualifying session of the Kyalami race weekend today. Crutchlow spent the session in the top two positions, only losing out to leader Fabrizio at the end by less than a tenth of a second. The British rider had been on a hot lap at the end on track to take the fastest time but was unfortunately held up and unable to complete.
Crutchlow's team-mate James Toseland had a slower start to the South African weekend. Fresh off the back of a big crash last weekend and having not ridden the Kyalami circuit for a number of years, Toseland spent the qualifying renewing his knowledge of the track as he worked on his set-up.
Cal Crutchlow Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (2nd, 1'38.529)
"I think today went ok, I'm pretty pleased to be honest. I should have been fastest but I got held up on my last hot lap. I think it's going to be difficult in race conditions; tyre wear is a big issue as the track is very abrasive. Overall second fastest isn't too bad on the first day, we'll go away now and will look at more improvements for tomorrow with the team."
James Toseland James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (15th, 1'39.656)
"It's my first day back on the bike since my crash last week and it's also my first time back on this track for ten years, it's very technical and I'd forgotten how bumpy it is. Unfortunately the base setting we started the session with wasn't right so we had a lot of work to do to get the bike working well. At the end we found something that worked better and got down to good race times, so tomorrow we'll improve on that some more and we will get down to the faster times they're running at the front today. Given everything I'm only just over a second off after the first day so I'm not displeased with that and we've got a lot more to give tomorrow."
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager
"I was a little bit worried today, this is not traditionally a good track for us, but finally the results were good. Tomorrow I believe James will move up as he gets used to the track again and improves his set up. Last year the track was the most difficult for us, but after all our development the situation is completely different, to be second fastest with Cal and James only a second off after a big crash when hasn't been here for ten years is pretty good, and taking into account our strong performance at Monza I am quite optimistic for tomorrow."