Corser Takes Superpole Win Number 41 Troy Corser continued his dominance in Losail qualifying to further his record Superpole winning tally today, posting a remarkable new track best of 1:58.053, nearly four tenths of a second faster than ...
Corser Takes Superpole Win Number 41
Troy Corser continued his dominance in Losail qualifying to further his record Superpole winning tally today, posting a remarkable new track best of 1:58.053, nearly four tenths of a second faster than his Superpole record from '07, using a race tyre on his YZF-R1. It was Corser's 41st career pole win in WSB racing, and it could have been a 1'57 lap but for a slight wobble in the middle of his high-speed chase around the 5.380km Losail circuit. Corser was fully 0.636 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Ruben Xaus, in the kind of competition that Corser has made his very own.
Noriyuki Haga shook off the effects of a big highside crash on day one to record the sixth fastest Superpole time, and earn a second row start. Haga feels confident in his race set-up, and was not worried to be off the front row, as he had qualified fourth fastest going into Superpole, and has good race pace.
The winds that plagued day one at Losail continued today, albeit at a reduced level, but final set-up adjustments may remain to be made in warm up on raceday morning, Tyre choices will be vital at this most changeable of WSB circuits, and therefore the team members expended a lot of time and effort in trying to choose a suitable combination for raceday.
Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha GMT94) just missed out on Superpole qualification by going 17th in practice, his team-mate Davide Checa (Yamaha GMT94) was close to him, in 19th, in a field of 28.
Shinichi Nakatomi (Team YZF Yamaha) found the windy conditions at Losail a real challenge in qualifying, after a very positive test at Qatar shortly before race weekend. He qualified a lowly 26th today but found better settings for the races in the final free practice session this afternoon.
Troy Corser (1st - 1'58.053 - Yamaha Italia WSB Team)
"I do like this track although the grip levels are not always that good. The bike is in balance even if I did have some sort of a tank-slapper halfway through the Superpole lap - mainly because I was pushing it so hard. I had chosen a soft race tyre over the qualifying tyre because it makes the bike easier to control. For the qualifying lap you just need to ride very smoothly and it worked out fine. During the regular qualifying sessions today we did some long runs in order to test tyre life and I am confident we have a good set-up for tomorrow. Last year, when I joined Yamaha, it took a couple of races to adapt. We ended the year on a high note, however, and started that way again this year. I have to thank my team and our new Ohlins technician. I pretty pleased with my latest Superpole win and looking forward to starting from the first row."
Noriyuki Haga (4th - 1'59.017 - Yamaha Italia WSB Team)
"I almost made a perfect Superpole lap but at one point the rear started chattering, so I missed a bit of time there. Otherwise I am quite satisfied with Superpole, because we tried so many things for our race set-up that I didn't find a great feeling with the Superpole tyre before I started my lap. I am thinking about race strategy tonight, but I can't make too many predictions. This track is peculiar, but I will try to do my best as always."
Massimo Meregalli (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team, Team Manager)
"There can be no better way to approach the first races of the championship than with a pole position, and a new record time. But we have to wait until tomorrow because making the tyre choice will be important. Today we worked hard to find the right tyre, and we hope that we have made the right choice. For a few degrees of change in track temperature, identical tyres work differently on this track. Noriyuki spent a lot of time trying out race tyres today and not so much with a qualifier getting ready for Superpole. He used a soft tyre in the last minutes of the session only. For Nori, starting from the second row is not so different than starting from the front. Troy was great in the last two days and did a fantastic lap in Superpole. Both he and the bike are ready for the race."