BRILLIANT 2ND POSITION FOR BARRIER
Excellent qualification for Sylvain Barrier and his BMW S 1000 RR of the Garnier Racing Team Junior. They will start tomorrow from the second position on the starting grid at Magny-Cours just behind Maxime Berger (Honda Ten Kate). Randy Pagaud keeps on progressing and qualifies 19th.
The French riders did some very good qualifying practice sessions in the Nievre, with Berger and Barrier being in first and second positions in front of the FIM Cup Superstock 1000 winner Ayrton Badovini (BMW). This is very promising for the race tomorrow, in front of many spectators who are here this year at Magny-Cours.
The final race of the championship, which will start at 10:40 and which will be broadcasted live on Eurosport 2 starting at 10:30, will probably be very spectacular.
Sylvain Barrier, who was the fastest rider on Friday, confirmed that he is very much at ease at Magny-Cours. A podium finish is not an unrealistic goal. This is what the whole team is wishing, with the help of many friends who came here for this special occasion.
Randy Pagaud started his racing learning experience of the 1000cc BMW last week at Imola and he is keeping on progressing. He has been faster and faster during all the practice sessions. A top 15 position, which would allow him to score some points, is a reasonable goal.
Michel Garnier (team owner): "This is a good and positive second position. It's too bad we lost the first place. Congratulations to Maxime Berger for the pole position. We are happy. Tomorrow we need a good start, and then try to escape, but it's not going to be easy because all the fast riders will be there. I hope we can finish on the podium and hopefully win. It's very well for Randy. During his fastest lap, he had a yellow flag. It's too bad for him. I wish he can score some points tomorrow."
Sylvain Barrier: "The qualifying session went quite well. We still have to work on two or three things to make them more efficient. I tried to go faster than yesterday, but there was some traffic. I didn't scare myself today. We still have a little bit of work to do and it should be fine."
Randy Pagaud: "I was quickly doing 1'45.8 with used tyres. I had good sensations. We changed the rear wheel and I immediately did a 1'45.0. Then I did some constant laps in 1'45.2, 1'45.3. My last lap was 1'44.9. I fulfilled my goal which was to qualify in the top 20. I am 3.2 from the pole position, so I am happy. During the race tomorrow, I shall try to stay with a good group and score some points."