Magny-Cours: Yamaha Teams qualifying report

Haga laps up Superpole win Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) was fastest qualifier going into the Superpole competition, thanks to the time he set on Friday, and he converted that into a stunning pole position with a new track best ...

Haga laps up Superpole win

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) was fastest qualifier going into the Superpole competition, thanks to the time he set on Friday, and he converted that into a stunning pole position with a new track best time.

His remarkable 1'38.444 Superpole lap came after another disrupted day of practice due to inclement weather conditions. The final timed session this morning started out on a damp track leaving the qualifying order largely as it was at the end of Friday.

Haga's outstanding pre-race performance delivered him his first pole of the 2008 season, despite starting from the front row on five previous occasions, and having scored six race wins. His career Superpole total now stands at six.

Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) was fifth going into Superpole but slid off on the final right-hander before the last chicane on his Superpole lap, while leading the field by 0.4 seconds. By regulation, he has now been relegated to the back of the row behind that which he originally qualified on, leaving him 12th on the grid.

World Championship leader Troy Bayliss was third in Superpole, with Fonsi Nieto and Carlos Checa also on the front row.

Both David Checa (Yamaha GMT94) and Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha GMT94) easily qualified for Superpole, with Checa an impressive seventh, and Gimbert 13th after this specialised one lap contest against the clock. Shinichi Nakatomi (Team YZF Yamaha) was 19th overall.

Noriyuki Haga (1st - 1'38.444 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)

"To me it doesn't matter about pole so much as long as we get on the front row. The feeling of the bike is working well even though the weather yesterday and this morning was not so good. We hope for sunshine tomorrow. We will check the data from last year, but otherwise we are ready for the races."

Troy Corser (12th - 1'41.515 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)

"I'm not sure what happened in my crash but I just lost the front on the right at the bottom of the hill. It's not ideal to start from the third row but nothing we can do now except make up places as quick as I can tomorrow. Our bike usually works well here, so that's positive."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Manager, Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)

"In the end our bike is working well here and both riders know their job very well. We were not expecting a pole position maybe, but we need a good result for tomorrow. Even though Troy is starting from the third row we know he can still fight for the podium."

Shinichi Nakatomi (19th - 1'43.139 - Team YZF Yamaha)

"I have been unlucky during the first qualifying session. Every time I went on the track to do a quick lap, it started to rain again. My lap time was not good enough. Today the conditions were better, but not enough to go faster. I have just been unlucky."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Fonsi Nieto , David Checa , Troy Corser , Sébastien Gimbert , Shinichi Nakatomi