Wet Superpole sees Corser seventh and Haga tenth
A dry start to the day ended up in a wet Superpole and such were the deteriorating conditions shortly after the start of the final 50-minute session that Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) set his best time early on, to take a second row start.
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) was a little too late out of the pitbox to make the best use of the least wet track surface around the all-new 4.592km circuit, and went 10th, enough for a third row start.
Each rider now has experience of wet and dry track conditions at the awesome new Portuguese circuit, as the final timed session and most of the last untimed session were dry. In the last timed period of practice, Corser was second fastest and Haga 14th.
Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha GMT94) just missed out on a Superpole start, finishing 18th in final qualifying, with his team-mate David Checa (Yamaha GMT94) 23rd fastest. Shinichi Nakatomi (Team YZF Yamaha) edged out Checa to go 22nd quickest.
Troy Corser (7th - 2'03.014 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"I went out early but just not quite early enough. When I had started my lap it was pouring with rain around turn one. There were rivers running across the track at one stage. It was all down to how much risk you needed to take and I was hoping it would ease off, but it only stopped after the end of the Superpole session. Dry would be better for everybody tomorrow, and we tried some new things in the early session this morning, but we lost a bit of grip, so we may go back if we have to. I think maybe it was just the tyre choice we had at that time. We've had both wet and dry track time at least."
Noriyuki Haga (10th - 2'04.420 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"We had less time to choose dry tyres than we would have wanted today but I found a good feeling in the final dry session, because this morning I didn't have great traction. We changed the suspension and things were much better, but unfortunately in Superpole it was raining. We have a good feeling on the rain tyres too, but I want it to be dry for the races."
Massimo Meregalli (Team Manager, Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"The best thing to do was to go out immediately in Superpole and Troy did that ending up on the second row. That's not so bad in such poor conditions. Unfortunately Nori waited a little bit too long and started from the third row. We are in good shape in wet or dry but we would like it to be dry. The only question mark now is tyres, and we will have to wait to see how things are before we make any decisions."
Shinichi Nakatomi (22nd - 1'45.803 - Team YZF Yamaha)
"I used both motorcycles during the sessions, but I did not have enough feeling. The feeling was better by the end of the practice, but I made a small mistake while following another rider and I lost some time. We are progressing step by step for the race set up. We still have a small trouble."