Corser fastest at all new WSB venue Stunning surroundings at the all-new Portimao circuit went hand-in-hand with a stunning lap from Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) to put the Australian rider and his Yamaha YZF-R1 in provisional pole...
Corser fastest at all new WSB venue
Stunning surroundings at the all-new Portimao circuit went hand-in-hand with a stunning lap from Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) to put the Australian rider and his Yamaha YZF-R1 in provisional pole after the first day of action at the circuit.
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) also set a time better than most on the opening day, going 11th out of 31 entrants, on a drying 4.592km circuit. Changeable conditions determined much in the overall timesheets in first qualifying, with only the final laps showing any kind of real dry line to aim for.
The circuit did not experience quite the same torrential rainfall as Thursday, but a fully wet track surface to start, and many delays due to teething problems at the new circuit, made for a confused schedule on the opening day.
David Checa (Yamaha GMT94) was 21st on day one with his team-mate Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha GMT94) two places back. Shinichi Nakatomi (Team YZF Yamaha) was 27th fastest on his first visit to the new track.
Troy Corser (1st - 1'55.791 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"It all came down to who put on an intermediate tyre at the right time. We did it and I managed to put a good lap in and set the fastest time. It's a great circuit and it's not a fast track or a slow one; it's really a bit of both. There are some sections that remind me of Laguna or Road America. The surface is a bit like Qatar was first time, slippery off line, and there are some parts of the track where the tarmac itself is slippy and others where the grip is really good. It's a case of finding out where they are as you go. The hardest corner is the one immediately behind the pits, because you go in over a rise and have no braking marker."
Noriyuki Haga (11th - 2'00.152 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"For me this track is very exciting, but unfortunately the track was wet and the conditions not so good. I really hope for sunshine tomorrow and then I can have a little more fun with this track, and set much better times. It was difficult to control the bike on the surface today but I had a good feeling with the machine and finally we set a time to stay inside the top 16. That is important so we can qualify for Superpole, just in case it is raining tomorrow."
Massimo Meregalli (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Manager)
"In these conditions Troy is always very fast because he is one of the best in changeable conditions. When there is only a narrow dry line he can use it very well. We saw in Miller the same thing. I think the bad track situation actually helped him a bit to learn the way around today. In the end this year we have been to two all-new circuits and he has been fast right away. We didn't even come here to test and still he set the best lap. Should be dry tomorrow and even better on Sunday but we are ready for everything anyway. It is an unbelievable track, one of the most beautiful circuits in the world. They did a great job here, and all in ten months. I think it is also a good winter test venue, especially as it is in Europe."