Tough opening day for Foggy PETRONAS Racing in France The first day of qualifying of Foggy PETRONAS Racing's final outing in the Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France provided a tough test for riders Steve Martin and Craig ...
Tough opening day for Foggy PETRONAS Racing in France
The first day of qualifying of Foggy PETRONAS Racing's final outing in the Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France provided a tough test for riders Steve Martin and Craig Jones.
Technical problems hindered afternoon progress after a promising morning, with Steve finishing in 21st following a minor crash and Craig in 25th as Noriyuki Haga set the early pace of 1:40.474.
Steve said: "Everything was going okay in the morning but the afternoon did not exactly go to plan. I lost the front end on my second lap, which was just one of those things. But it meant that I had to go out on my second bike, which is a different spec and did not feel as good, so we decided to fix my number one bike. I tried the tyre that was supposed to produce the better times but I think one of the other tyres that I had tried earlier will be better for doing times. We will have everything under control tomorrow and then I can set about getting the bike into Superpole if the weather stays fine."
Craig said: "I really like the track. It's nothing like Imola, where you have to just bite the screen and hold on. The surface is good and there are a lot of hairpins, which suits my style because I bring the bike to a halt well. So, considering it's my first time here and the fact that we had a few problems throughout the day, I'm not too far away. I did not make that much time up in the afternoon but I was more than a second up on one lap before I made a mistake in the final sector. After that we struggled to get the bike running properly and people were crashing in front of me so I wasn't able to improve. But I think I can easily get into the 42s in the morning and maybe even challenge for Superpole."