Qatar: Yamaha Friday notes

Yamaha rookie Ben Spies takes incredible second consecutive Superpole in Qatar The second day of qualifying for round two of the 2009 Superbike World Championship again saw the new Yamaha YZF-R1 set the pace in qualifying and Superpole. Topping...

Yamaha rookie Ben Spies takes incredible second consecutive Superpole in Qatar

The second day of qualifying for round two of the 2009 Superbike World Championship again saw the new Yamaha YZF-R1 set the pace in qualifying and Superpole. Topping the rankings already in the morning session, Ben Spies took his second ever World Superbike Superpole later today with a flawless run and a time of 1"57.280, improving the Losail WSB lap record by almost 0.8 seconds. This adds to his pace-setting achievement at Phillip Island two weeks ago. Team-mate Tom Sykes proved he had the speed as well to run with the front pack today, fighting down to the final eight Superpole session and setting a 5th time of 1"57.878 which puts him on the second row of the grid when the lights go out tomorrow.

Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team

"it's been a good day again today, the most important thing is being on the front row with this many fast guys. The Qualifiers were definitely quicker than I thought they were going to be and we made it through with a good time at the end. The race pace is looking really promising although I know it's going to be a really hard race tomorrow as everybody's riding really fast and catching up so it's going to be good!"

Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team

"To be honest I was reasonably happy with the qualifying, I certainly felt like I could have been on the front row but made a small mistake so dropped to the second. I'm happy on the race tires and I think both myself and Ben have a consistent race pace so if we can get away cleanly tomorrow I think it'll show at the end of the race. Other than that I'm happier with where we're starting compared to Phillip Island and really looking forward to getting off the line quickly and racing with the front pack tomorrow."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"we had another good day today, we found a race tire we're happy with and the pace of both riders is very good. I'm confident we are ready for tomorrow although we will do more adjustments and possibly try a few things tomorrow morning to see if we can find an even better set-up before the first race. My compliments to Ben for achieving his second Superpole in a row and it's great that Tom has moved up to start on the second row as well."

-credit: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Ben Spies , Tom Sykes , Phillip Island