Lausitz: Benelli Sport Friday qualifying report

Goddard rides the Tornado to tenth in the rain. Peter Goddard rode the Benelli Tornado to eleventh in Friday's first timed qualifying at Lausitzring today. The track was left wet after a heavy spell of rain in the morning and dries very slowly.

Goddard rides the Tornado to tenth in the rain.

Peter Goddard rode the Benelli Tornado to eleventh in Friday's first timed qualifying at Lausitzring today. The track was left wet after a heavy spell of rain in the morning and dries very slowly. Some riders complained that the surface was very greasy but Goddard made the most of the conditions to record a lap time that could see him qualify for the Superpole on Saturday afternoon.

"The wet helped us, it narrowed the gap between us and some of the other bikes," commented Goddard. "It's not so nice to ride in these conditions but it helped make us more competetive."

The Benelli Sport team might have finished even further up the timesheet if it hadn't been for the interference of a small electrical problem late in the session. "We had a problem with the battery, it's just one of those things that happens but it came at just the wrong time for me. I had been out on a wet front tyre with an intermediate on the rear. The track was drying slowly, but it looked just about dry enough to go for inters front and rear. I came in fitted inters but when I rode back onto the circuit the bike cut out almost immediately. By the time we had it sorted the rain had come on again and I'd missed my chance."

Goddard has never ridden at Lausitzring before, as the team only entered the competition at Misano, after the 2001 race here. "I like the track," he said as he sat down to try to work out a gearing set up for dry conditions, "but it's all new to me and the team. If it's dry tomorrow I hope it's fully dry all day so we get plenty of time to work on a dry set up."

The forecast for the next two days are contradictory, with one saying the rain will stay and another suggesting the Saturday and Sunday will be dry.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Peter Goddard