Front row start for Toseland at Silverstone
Following the second day of World Superbike qualifying at Silverstone today, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Tosleand will start tomorrow's 28-lap race from the front row of the grid. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo qualified in thirteenth position for a fourth row start.
As the predicted rain held off, Toseland continued his good form of yesterday by setting the fastest lap four times in this afternoon's second qualifying. The last of these set a new best Superbike lap at Silverstone with an impressive time of 1'24.999. Troy Corser just got the better of Toseland in the closing minutes by two tenths of a second.
The British rider entered the Superpole one-lap dash as the second fastest rider and put in an impressive performance to secure third place on the grid. His lap time was 1'24.621 - just 0.063 seconds behind pole sitter Troy Bayliss.
After a good start to the weekend yesterday, team-mate Rolfo was less fortunate today and starts tomorrow's race from the fourth row of the grid. However, the Italian is confident that he can fight his way to the front to secure two good results for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"We have moved up the grid compared to last year when James started from fourteenth. We had a wet Superpole and it didn't work out, then we had a dry race. Now we are facing a different challenge with today being dry and rain forecast for tomorrow. Anyway, we are happy with the results achieved. For Roberto, it's a pity we just couldn't get the package dialled in. We have seen some good results in the rain from him already so let's just wait and see what happens when we open the garage tomorrow morning."
"I am happy with the front row. In the end I was only 0.063 seconds off pole so it's not a bad result. We have a great set-up for the race and fingers crossed the weather will hold out for another day, although I'm expecting the worst. If it does rain, we are all in the same boat - I just have to take it as it comes."
"It's been a bit frustrating for me today because I couldn't get the feeling right on the bike. After Monza I felt very good, but I am not sure what has happened today. Anyway, I have been able to get up to the front from the back rows in previous races so hopefully I will be able to do this tomorrow. The forecast is for rain and I am usually quite strong in the wet, but I just have to wait and see what happens."