Yukio smashes the lap record to take provisional pole!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama absolutely blitzed Neil Hodgson's 2003 lap record and took provisional pole position, with a time of 1:40.512 at Magny-Cours today. Kagayama had tested here recently and the good work done then paid off handsomely in today's timed qualifying session. Second quickest today is Karl Muggeridge (Honda), ahead of Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati). Kagayama's team mate Troy Corser suffered with wheelspin throughout timed qualifying and finished fifth in the standings.

Yukio - 1st, 1:40.512

I had a little problem with wheelspin today, but it didn't really affect my riding style here. The conditions this afternoon were good - similar to when we tested here - and the set-up of the bike was pretty good also. If the track and weather conditions stay the same, then I will only need a small adjustment to the bike for the race. It's great to be at a track I have been to before - particularly as this is a track I find enjoyable to ride.

Troy - 5th, 1:41.224

Every tyre I tried seem to give us wheelspin problems and it is hard to understand why. This afternoon the conditions were more or less then same as when we tested here, so we cannot work out what is going on. I started with the Imola set-up, which is virtually the same as my normal set-up, so maybe we will try something slightly different tomorrow morning.