Lausitz: Foggy Racing Saturday report

Top ten on round ten grid for Martin Steve Martin will start tomorrow's tenth round Superbike World Championship races at the German circuit of Eurospeedway Lausitz from tenth on the grid after two days of consistent qualifying ...

Top ten on round ten grid for Martin

Steve Martin will start tomorrow's tenth round Superbike World Championship races at the German circuit of Eurospeedway Lausitz from tenth on the grid after two days of consistent qualifying progress.

Team-mate Garry McCoy was unfortunate to miss out on a Superpole place after finishing 17th in the morning qualifying, just one tenth of a second outside the top 16. But Steve, having qualified for Superpole in 11th, maintained his recent run of improving his grid position in the one-lap shoot-out when he set his fastest time of the weekend of 1:40.282.

Lorenzo Lanzi, standing in for Regis Laconi on the factory Ducati, was the surprise pole-setter, out-gunning Troy Corser by a tenth of a second.

Steve said: "I reckon I could have gone two tenths quicker in my Superpole lap as I pushed too hard through the first sector. And this is the sort of track that can make you pay for even a small mistake. But it was my fastest lap of the weekend and Superpole is always the right time for your fastest lap. We have gone forward in every session and I know that if I have a good clear road in front of me I am going to do good consistent lap times because I have been doing them all weekend."

Garry said: "It's pretty frustrating to miss out on Superpole by a tenth of a second. I didn't care if I was 16th as long as I was in there withifier. But, with the technical problems we had in the morning session and it being my first time here, I am pretty happy in a way because we have been racing. I was really hoping to put in a race tyre and go out and do a few laps but I didn't have a bike that was functioning consistently throughout the bike moving around too much half-way through the race, so Sunday can be a different story from everyone popping off one fast lap."

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Garry McCoy , Steve Martin , Troy Corser , Lorenzo Lanzi , Laconi Régis