Silverstone: Foggy Racing Saturday report

McCoy penalised at Silverstone Garry McCoy will start tomorrow's Superbike World Championship fifth round races from the third row of the Silverstone grid. But the Australian has been handed a ride-through penalty for the first of the two...

McCoy penalised at Silverstone

Garry McCoy will start tomorrow's Superbike World Championship fifth round races from the third row of the Silverstone grid.

But the Australian has been handed a ride-through penalty for the first of the two races after an infringement of the rules governing holes drilled into the fairings.

In windy morning conditions at the Northamptonshire circuit, the team deployed the same fairings used in similar conditions earlier in the season at Phillip Island.

However, the FIM have since changed the rules to state that holes clustered in an area greater than 25 sq cm, must be covered with a painted wire mesh. This mesh was omitted by the team but, despite the fact that no time gain was made during that qualifying session, the FIM enforced the penalty. This will be imposed early in the first race, at the FIM's discretion.

Team manager Jack Valentine said: "We argued that the FIM could have shown more sympathy to us as the holes did not affect our performance. I feel disappointed for Garry, who has been riding his hardest all weekend. It was an oversight on our part, but not one that resulted in a performance advantage. However, rules are rules so we have just got to take it on the chin."

Garry, who jumped from 16th to 12th with an excellent Superpole lap, said: "I think the decision stinks as I felt the FIM should have spelled this out when we asked them about the holes this morning. We were not trying to hide anything and it did not result in my times being any better. The wind seemed to set the bike off in a way that made it unrideable in the morning but I managed to hang onto my Superpole place. In the afternoon the spare bike did not move around as much in the wind and the lap time consistency from yesterday returned.

"I was definitely happy with my Superpole lap. It's the closest we have been to pole since Phillip Island. There's always room for improvement though and the back end came round on me at the end of the back straight and out of the final chicane. But it's all down to one lap and you have to push for it, although I am still happier when the green light shows on a Sunday."

Team-mate Steve Martin, who suffered with set-up problems throughout the day, will start from 24th on the grid after missing out on Superpole. He said: "I am just having one of those weekends. I have tried everything, like different fork settings, a different shock and different ride height, but I am still having chatter problems and also having problems getting through turn one. I am losing too much time there because I don't have the confidence in the front to stick it in fast. Garry has a different riding style and the chatter doesn't seem to be affecting him as much. I will try a few more things in tomorrow's warm-up to see if I can get myself up on the pace and hopefully have two good races tomorrow."

-fpr-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Garry McCoy , Steve Martin , Phillip Island