Crutchlow takes provisional pole in scorching Misano Sunshine With track temperatures hitting 41 degrees Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow got down to business, repeating his strong performance at the tests here last week to record the ...
Crutchlow takes provisional pole in scorching Misano Sunshine
With track temperatures hitting 41 degrees Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow got down to business, repeating his strong performance at the tests here last week to record the fastest time in the first of the two qualifying sessions. Although strong throughout the session, Crutchlow left it until the last few minutes to post his best times as the track temperature started to cool in the afternoon.
Team mate James Toseland had a tougher start to his Misano weekend. He spent the qualifying session working through some different settings between his two bikes, working back to get to the form found at the recent test. He suffered a small low side crash mid way through the session, but was uninjured and back out on the second bike within minutes.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (1st, 1'36.288)
"I'm happy to be fastest at the end of the first day, I think we've made some good steps forward. The new corner is good, they've resurfaced it so it's got good grip and the track itself is a lot cleaner than it was earlier on in the day in the free practice session. I think we've done a good enough job today, we matched the time we did in the test which is good. We tried a different chassis spec today, if we can continue the improvement with that then hopefully we'll get better and better."
James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (10th, 1'37.124)
"A little bit frustrating with the crash, but all in all we're only 0.8 off. We were trying a few things electronically this afternoon which weren't working perfectly. Once we sit down tonight and work out what the difference is I can't see any problems for tomorrow. I put in the times in the test so I'm feeling confident."
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager
"The track surface is a little bit different to the test last week, but we more or less used the same bike set up as during the test. Pirelli bought some new tyres so tomorrow we will continue to test to find the right one for us to use during the race. We don't have any real problems so far, just a small crash by James but he is ok. I think we are quite satisfied for our first day."