Misano: Yamaha Teams qualifying report

Brilliant 42nd Career Superpole for Corser Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) was the fastest rider going into the Superpole contest at Misano and despite being down in the first two splits he rallied on the final section of the 4.226km...

Brilliant 42nd Career Superpole for Corser

Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) was the fastest rider going into the Superpole contest at Misano and despite being down in the first two splits he rallied on the final section of the 4.226km circuit to record an outstanding 1'35.993 second lap. That new track best time delivered Corser his 42nd career Superpole win, extending his record to exactly twice as many as the next best riders in the all-time rankings.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) continued to try and find an ideal set-up for his machine in practice today and qualified 14th in Superpole, making for a fourth row start for Sunday's 24 lap races. Haga's team will now make final adjustments to the machine in morning warm-up tomorrow, but all who know Haga understand that he can fight for podiums almost irrespective of his qualifying position.

The Misano circuit has proved to be bumpier than last year, but its altered layout proved no challenge to Corser, who was simply peerless in getting the most out of the available grip from the track surface in the two days of qualifying and practice. He is looking for his first win of the 2008 season, despite some tremendous front-running rides and five podium finishes so far.

Such was the intensity of the practice sessions that Corser and Haga were the only Yamaha riders inside the top 16 places after regulation qualifying, and thus David Checa (Yamaha GMT94) in 18th place was not in Superpole, despite setting a time only 1.462 seconds from Corser's pre Superpole best. Shinichi Nakatomi (Team YZF Yamaha) earned a 20th spot on the grid, with Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha GMT94) 21st fastest.

Troy Corser (1st - 1'35.993 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)

"Practice has been going well and we've found a good setting for the race tomorrow. We made some changes for Superpole, and it helped the bike. I feel I can push the bike as hard as I want to and it feels just like it did in Germany. It's always good to beat Ducati here in qualifying or Superpole or a race. It is going to be two long races tomorrow in the heat, so we'll see how we go then."

Noriyuki Haga (14th - 1'37.395 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)

"I am not completely happy with the set up we have right now and we will have to find something more for tomorrow, in the warm-up session. It has not been as simple in practice as we hoped it would be but we know which direction to go in and we still have the chance to check our final set-up before the races. For sure I expect the races to be better than qualifying."

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

"Troy did a great job today and all weekend, and is ready to race on Sunday. We know Nori and for me tomorrow he will find something more. He is not 100% happy with his bike set-up but in my mind I know he can be right there tomorrow. Troy is happy with all things on the bike and is not just fast over one lap. I feel very positive about the chances for good results from both riders. It will be very hot, but it always is here, and we know where we stand with tyres."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , David Checa , Troy Corser , Sébastien Gimbert , Shinichi Nakatomi