Ocschersleben: Team Ducati final qualifying report

Hodgson (Ducati Fila) clinches exciting Superpole battle in Germany - row 2 start for Xaus. Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) Clinched His Fourth Pole Position Of The Year At The Oschersleben Track In Germany After A Superb Battle In The Final Few ...

Hodgson (Ducati Fila) clinches exciting Superpole battle in Germany - row 2 start for Xaus.

Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) Clinched His Fourth Pole Position Of The Year At The Oschersleben Track In Germany After A Superb Battle In The Final Few Minutes Of Superpole, Which Was Declared 'Wet' Despite A Perfectly Dry Track. The Morning'S Second And Final Qualifying Session Was Held In Wet Conditions After An Early Morning Downpour.

With Five Minutes To Go, James Toseland (Hm Plant Ducati) Was In The Top Slot, But Then Psg-1 Ducati'S Pierfrancesco Chili Overhauled Him. On His Final Four-Lap Run Neil Then Overcame Some Psychological Stop-Start Tactics By Regis Laconi (Ncr Ducati) And A Hairy Off-Track Moment Before Edging Out His Italian Rival By Just Four-Hundredths Of A Second.

"It Wasn'T Planned Really, I Hoped Frankie Would Take It Easy Seeing As We Were All On The Front Row" Declared Neil. "It Forced My Hand, I Was Happy To Watch Everyone Else So I Had To Go Out And Do It. I Made A Mistake On My First Lap, Came Out Of The Corner, Hit The Gear Lever And It Went From Third To Fourth Instead Of Second. Then I Ran Off The Track And Almost Into The Sign, I Was Like A Total Novice Really! After All That I Pulled Myself Together To Put In A Clean Lap And I Was Lucky To Beat Frankie By Less Than A Tenth!. Tomorrow The Usual Four Suspects Are Riding Really Well, I Don'T Think Anyone Will Pull Away, It Should Be A Freight Train For Most Of The Race.".

Ducati Fila Team-Mate Ruben Xaus Worked Hard All Weekend And Will Start Tomorrow'S Two Races From The Outside Of Row 2 After Qualifying In Eighth Position In The 50-Minute Superpole Session.

"My Superpole Session Was Not So Good" Explained Ruben, "Because We Spent Too Much Time Trying To Get The Best Set-Up Trying Some New Tyres At The Front. The Problem I'Ve Been Having All Weekend Is Coming Out From The Corners And Getting The Bike Up Quickly. I'M Also Losing A Lot In The Last Part Of The Circuit And With The Qualifying Tyres It Was Even Worse Because You Go Into The Corners Quicker. I'M Pretty Happy With The Feeling With My 999 However And My Race Times Are Quite Good So I Should Be Up There Tomorrow".

Grid:
1. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1'26.907
2. Chili (Psg-1 Ducati) 1'26.942
3. Toseland (Hm Plant Ducati) 1'27.199
4. Walker (Hm Plant Ducati) 1'27.574
5. Laconi (Ncr Ducati) 1'27.741
6. Martin (Dfx Ducati) 1'27.797
7. Lavilla (Suzuki) 1'27.885
8. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1'28.087

Tv Coverage : Eurosport (Pan-European) - Sunday 1 June, Race 1 2245 (Delayed), Race 2 2345 (Delayed). Rai (Italy) - Monday 2 June, 0050 (Highlights).

-Ducati-

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