CORSER (YAMAHA) HEADS THE FIELD IN PHILLIP ISLAND FIRST QUALIFYING Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) heads the field after the first qualifying session for the Australian Round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island. The ...
CORSER (YAMAHA) HEADS THE FIELD IN PHILLIP ISLAND FIRST QUALIFYING
Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) heads the field after the first qualifying session for the Australian Round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island. The 36-year-old Australian, who stands to become the record holder for Superbike rider presence this weekend, set a time of 1 minute 32.336 on his Yamaha YZF-R1 to clinch the overnight pole. Fellow Aussie Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) was a shade slower at 1'32.374 on his Ducati 1098, with team-mate Michel Fabrizio another tenth behind in third.
"The track is a bit bumpier each time we go out, even compared to the winter tests we did here" commented Corser. "I'm happy enough with that but we've still got work to do on the settings for race day. It's only Friday but I'm pretty happy with the performance on this first day".
"Maybe because of the rain yesterday, there's still not fantastic grip on the track, but we tried a few different things to deal with it. We only made a few small changes between the free practice and the afternoon qualifying and things are going well, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow and Superpole", said Bayliss.
"I was really happy with that, we didn't change much between the morning and the afternoon session. We've been working mainly on the tyre set-up and for the moment it's all good. It'll all depend on the weather on Sunday but so far, so good", declared Fabrizio.
Half-way through the session, the standings had an unfamiliar look about them, as Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati) headed Max Neukirchner (Alstare Suzuki), but the Czech rider crashed out shortly before the end and the German slipped down to fourth ahead of Smrz. Max Biaggi was sixth on the Sterilgarda Ducati 1098, ahead of team-mate Ruben Xaus, who crashed, while Regis Laconi showed some progress in eighth on the PSG-1 Kawasaki machine. Spaniards Fonsi Nieto (Alstare Suzuki), race 2 winner in Qatar, and Carlos Checa (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) made up the top 10. Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) currently lies in thirteenth place.
Andrew Pitt put his Qatar setback behind him by posting the quickest time in the opening Supersport qualifying session at Phillip Island. The 32-year-old Australian got down to a time of 1'35.426 on his HANNspree Ten Kate Honda machine, a fraction ahead of another Aussie, round 1 winner Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport). Yamaha team-mate Fabien Foret from France was a tenth slower in third, with Joshua Brookes (HANNspree Stiggy Motors Honda) making it three home riders in the top 4. Italians Gianluca Vizziello ((Berry Racing Honda) and Ivan Clementi (BE1 Racing Triumph) were next up and the only other riders to record sub 1'36 times. The new 675 triple machines again made a positive impact, with both Clementi and Garry McCoy (SC) running well throughout the session.