Martin on front row for Foggy PETRONAS Racing at Phillip Island
Steve Martin will start from the front row of the grid on the PETRONAS FP1 for the second season in succession at Phillip Island tomorrow.
The Australian qualified in fourth place for the second round races in the Superbike World Championship, alongside James Toseland, Troy Corser and Troy Bayliss.
Having qualified in fifth place in the morning session, Steve posted his best lap time of the weekend of 1:33.206 to claim his front row place.
He was also able to complete extensive race simulation runs during afternoon free practice, in which he finished sixth fastest.
Craig Jones continued to gain valuable knowledge of the circuit, in only his second visit to Phillip Island, and sliced more than half a second off yesterday's best time during morning qualifying.
Steve said: "I have gone progressively quicker all weekend and to do my fastest lap when it counted was great. It was just about as quick as I could go, while knowing that I would be returning! So we have given ourselves every chance for the races tomorrow, as being on the front row is a great asset for us. I have been practising starts all weekend and think I have them nailed now, so I can be nice and aggressive into the first corner. I might not be able to run the top guys but I should be able to race for the points this weekend and I am really hoping for a top ten finish, which should be achievable. The level of competition in the Superbike World Championship has always been high but to be on the front row this year, with the addition of the MotoGP riders, is a real achievement and a measure of how much progress we are continually making with PETRONAS."
Craig said: "I made a little bit of progress with the bike towards the end of morning qualifying and tried other things in the free practice which didn't make a massive difference. Trying to make the bike suit me and go fast at a track that I don't fully know is difficult. I have a setting I am reasonably happy with but circuit knowledge is important round here, but tomorrow I will be riding as hard and as fast as I can with the package I have."