TOSELAND TO START FROM FRONT ROW AT PHILLIP ISLAND
Having set the fourth fastest time in regulation qualifying, James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) improved both his time and his starting position in Superpole, slashing half a second off his previous best outing on race tyres, with a 1'33.003. Only his fellow former World Champions, Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser, set times faster than Toseland in Superpole, with Bayliss on pole thanks to a 1'32.159. In the second timed qualifying session, which determines the Superpole qualifying order, Toseland set a 1'33.548. Toseland will be going for win number two of the season in Sunday's two 22-lap Superbike races, having won the opening leg of the year in Qatar.
Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) will start from a second row grid position, having qualified sixth fastest with a time of 1'33.571, also beating his regulation qualifying time. Muggeridge is the fourth Australian rider in the top six places, proving how much of a boon local knowledge and support means at this fast and sun-drenched track.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"We knew that it was going to be an epic battle between the two Troys to grab pole here and so we have been concentrating on race settings. They seem to be quite consistent on race tyres. We also had messy Superpole laps, with some small mistakes and slides, but what happens, happens, and we are happy for James to make a front row start. After we saw how things went for Karl yesterday, it was pretty good for him to get onto the second row today. I think he had some things on his mind, like his little boy back in Switzerland. Now he is fully focussed back here. We are sure he can do well here tomorrow, because on a race set-up he is running quite a constant pace. Tomorrow morning we will make use of warm-up to define race set-up. With James we are really close, for Karl we maybe have to do a bit more to play catch up, because we almost lost yesterday. I'm happy, we are looking good, and I don't think anyone can make five or six laps into the 1'32s. I would be very surprised with that."
James Toseland - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(3rd position - 1'33.003)
"I'm happy to be on the front row again, it's hard out there because the two Troys are going particularly well this weekend and I didn't expect anything else. I've got a good race setting for tomorrow, so I'm happy enough. I'm also confident I can be consistent and everybody is going to have a few tyre issues tomorrow, so we'll be spinning towards the end of the race. But we'll have the same as everybody and we'll be in with a shout. I'm learning every time out there, I'm doing a lot of laps, and the bike is a great package. I've qualified on the front row here and in Qatar, then won and took a fourth, and now I'm tied for second in the championship. If we can build on that, I'll be happy."
Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(6th position - 1'33.571)
"Not so bad, considering that yesterday was such a disaster. We had to chase like hell today to make everything in a better direction. I wasn't extremely happy with my Superpole lap but we made some big changes between yesterday and today, but it has worked. We still have stuff to do in warm-up on Sunday but I feel much better on the bike today."