Misano: Team Ducati Friday report

Ruben Xaus (Ducati Fila) set fourth quickest time today in first qualifying for the San Marino Round of the World Superbike Championship at a scorching hot Misano Adriatico circuit. The Spanish rider was two places ahead of team-mate and ...

Ruben Xaus (Ducati Fila) set fourth quickest time today in first qualifying for the San Marino Round of the World Superbike Championship at a scorching hot Misano Adriatico circuit. The Spanish rider was two places ahead of team-mate and championship leader Neil Hodgson as eight Ducatis from six different teams filled the top eight positions on the provisional grid.

"That was not so bad, much better than Oschersleben and Silverstone for sure" commented Ruben, who was just one-tenth of a second away from provisional polesitter, the surprising Steve Martin (DFX Ducati). "It's really hot out there and the new surface is not so 'grippy' so it's sure to be a hard weekend. For me what is important is the race, not running quick tomorrow morning or even in Superpole. We did a lot of work today and I'll be testing a lot more things tomorrow morning because I need to know the bike better and the only reference we have is from last year. The front is a lot better than this morning, but I still need to work a lot to get the right feeling".

Hodgson was half-a-second away from the provisional pole time but was not too disappointed to be in sixth position after Friday qualifying.

"Everything feels pretty good" he declared, "and I'm consistent on race tyres which is important. Now it's just a case of fine-tuning the 999 and getting the right gearing for this circuit because it's a bit of a compromise really. Today has been better than usual, probably the best Friday I've had since Valencia, that's how confident I am. I only ran on race tyres today, I've already chosen the front now I'm down to the rear selection. After the morning session I will have the final choice and then I'll choose after the long-run in the afternoon. With this temperature the track feels greasy, but tomorrow morning I'm sure I can improve because it'll be cooler and I'm not yet on the limit".

TIMES: 1. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'35.276; 2. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'35.290; 3. Laconi (NCR Ducati) 1'35.365; 4. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1'35.422; 5. Pedercini (Ducati) 1'35.571; 6. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1'35.781; 7. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1'36.022; 8. Walker (HM Plant Ducati) 1'36.066; 9. Sanchini (Kawasaki) 1'36.094; 10. Lavilla (Suzuki) 1'36.225.

TV COVERAGE : Eurosport (Europe); Sunday 22 June, 1200 Race 1 (live), 1900 Race 2 (delayed). RAI (Italy); Saturday 21 June, 1830 Superpole (delayed); Sunday 22 June, 1155 Race 1 (live), 1525 Race 2 (live).

-tdf-

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