BARRIER ON THE FRONT ROW
Good qualification for Sylvain Barrier at Silverstone with the fourth time. He will start tomorrow from the front row with Ayrton Badovini, Maxime Berger and Andrea Antonelli.
Sylvain was the fourth fastest of the free practice session in the morning, which was on the wet. Surprisingly enough there was no crash at all, even with 25 very motivated young riders.
During the afternoon qualifying session, Barrier went for his fastest lap 7 minutes before the chequered flag. He was 0.1 behind the pole position time at the first intermediate, 0.2 at the second and 0.7 at the third to finish fourth overall at the end, only at 0.1 of the third time.
The championship leader Ayrton Badovini, also on a BMW S 1000 RR, was the pole position man. He was in front of the Hondas of Maxime Berger and Andrea Antonelli.
This is the third time this year that Sylvain will start from the front row, after having done so already at Monza and Brno.
Michel Garnier (team owner): "It was good. We are always happy to be on the front row. The bike is progressing. Everything has been good since the beginning of the weekend and it should be OK tomorrow."
Sylvain Barrier: "We are progressing with the set up of the suspension. I used a new tyre, but after that I lost the traction rapidly. This is something we have to work on for tomorrow. I am confident."