Sixth Superpole for Crutchlow at Magny Cours
Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow wrapped up his final Superpole in World Superbike in style this afternoon, taking his sixth pole position start of the year and breaking the lap record in the process. Having set the fastest time of the Superpole sessions, Crutchlow stayed out for a further three laps on his qualifier tyre, shadowing rival Max Biaggi to ensure the Italian rider did not get away and take a faster time. The previous lap record of 1'37.709 was held by 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies on the Sterilgarda Yamaha R1. Crutchlow's fastest time this afternoon to beat that on his qualifier was a time of 1'37.699.
Crutchlow's team mate James Toseland started Superpole well, making it through the first session in tenth using a race tyre before switching to the qualifiers for the second heat. Unfortunately the British rider's front tyre was unable to match the grip offered by the super sticky rear, leaving him unable to break into the top eight for the final session. As a result Toseland will start from fifteenth on the grid for tomorrow's two races at the Magny Cours circuit.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team, (1st, 1'37.699)
"It's nice to be going in to my last Superbike race before I head off to Moto GP with a pole position. It's a good reward for Yamaha they've put their trust and faith in me for the next two years so it's good to deliver for them. I want to make it two race wins tomorrow for sure, it's taken a while to find race pace this weekend, maybe we've found something in the Superpole, we'll see tomorrow and I'm hoping for two good races. I sat behind Max, if he tried to go and take pole away I was going to try and get ahead of him into one of the hairpins and go faster."
James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team, (15th, 1'38.551)
"We had one front tyre in for all Superpole sessions, when we put the new Pirelli qualifier in it was the first time we've used it as we didn't get a chance at Imola. It's quite a lot better than the old one so we had much more grip on the rear than the front. It was ok for the first session but just didn't hold out for the second, I lost nearly half a second on it and lost the front a couple of times and had to pick it up on my knee. We've got a pretty good race set up so if we can get a good start tomorrow and keep out of trouble for the first couple of laps we'll be alright and up there."
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager "It was a great lap by Cal, beating the record set by Ben last year. He really showed his confidence and in the last few laps I think he was trying to measure our performance against the Aprilia, following Biaggi round the track. I think tomorrow will be two really interesting races. James unfortunately missed the last Superpole but he is a racer and if he can get a good start tomorrow he can be at the front and fighting for the podium."