It's Magny-fique from Corser and Foggy PETRONAS Racing! Troy Corser - the undisputed king of Superpole - claimed pole position on the PETRONAS FP1 for the final two races of the Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours. Team-mate Chris...
It's Magny-fique from Corser and Foggy PETRONAS Racing!
Troy Corser - the undisputed king of Superpole - claimed pole position on the PETRONAS FP1 for the final two races of the Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours.
Team-mate Chris Walker will start from 10th place on the grid to continue a strong finale to the season from the Foggy PETRONAS Racing pair.
Troy qualified for the one-lap Superpole shoot-out for grid positions with the fourth fastest time and was 0.2 down on Vermeulen's time after the first two splits. But the 32-year-old Australian pulled off a stunning final sector to go 0.3 seconds faster than the rest of the field with a time of 1:41.547 and clinch his second pole position of the year - a record 30th of his career.
Using a new specification engine, designed to provide more torque at low rpm by reducing the inertia of the engine, Troy heads a front row containing four different manufacturers. And, with the championship race approaching a thrilling finale, Corser is hopeful of stealing some of the limelight.
He said: "That pole position was down to the progress that the PETRONAS engine development team have made as well as all the hard work from the team. You can either lose a lot or gain a little in Superpole and the key is not to make mistakes and not try too hard. But I was actually struggling a little bit in the final two sections of my Superpole lap. The rear tyre was vibrating on the left hand side and then I overshot the last corner but I made up for it on the brakes, just turned in and managed to stay on the side of the track. It wasn't luck, but I did need a bit of help! It has been a long time since my last Superpole in Germany earlier this season but we have been trying some new stuff and it has been working well here. We have been doing pretty consistent times on race tyres so now I need a good start. I am definitely going for the podium and hopefully the race win."
Chris also made encouraging progress on the second day of qualifying and finished the morning session with the eight fastest time - but set on race tyres. An engine failure in his number one bike hampered his preparation for Superpole, resulting in a third row grid start at a circuit where he claimed two podiums last year.
Chris said: "This weekend has been really good until this afternoon with good lap times and bike set up and I've set some of my fastest times of the weekend on race tyres. But in this afternoon's session I had an engine failure on track and when I do that it not only hampers my time on track and therefore my lap times but also, with the current tyre rule, you end up not having enough tyres to go out on again as you need the ones off the broken bike! Superpole was unfortunately not my best lap but I had to go out on the bike I hadn't been riding earlier in the day and I could have gone quicker with the other bike. However, it still wouldn't have been as quick as Troy's Superpole lap, so respect is definitely due and it's great for him and the team. I was desperate to be on the first two rows of the grid and, as this circuit is a nightmare for overtaking, I'm obviously a bit disappointed with my Superpole position. But, with good starts I still believe I can get good finis hes."