Team Ducati Silverstone first qualifying report

Xaus and Hodgson (Ducati Fila) eighth and ninth quickest in Silverstone first qualifying Ruben Xaus and Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) set eighth and ninth quickest times respectively in Friday's first qualifying session for the British Round of the...

Xaus and Hodgson (Ducati Fila) eighth and ninth quickest in Silverstone first qualifying

Ruben Xaus and Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) set eighth and ninth quickest times respectively in Friday's first qualifying session for the British Round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone as both riders struggled to find maximum grip in unusually warm weather conditions.

Neil was fourth quickest at one point with a time of 1'54.726, but then slipped down the timesheets during the last couple of minutes of frenetic action on the Formula 1 circuit.

"I must admit I was a bit surprised to be in ninth place today" declared championship leader Hodgson" but when you put some of the wild cards in that's what happens. It's a normal situation really because we are struggling to get the bike set up like we always do on Friday.

"We need a bit more grip so we're playing around with the settings and trying to find something better" he added. "All we need to do tomorrow is fine-tune what we've got because we have already found the right direction".

Ruben suffered similar problems to Neil but was confident he could improve in tomorrow's second and final session.

"It was tough today because although the tyres are the same as last year and are working well, the 999 bike is completely different" commented Ruben.

"We haven't tested at this circuit so it's difficult to come here and immediately set a good time" he added. "I'm losing time a bit everywhere because the bike doesn't keep the line. Tomorrow we are going to try and change things a bit. It's not a question of confidence, it's a question of finding the right way".

TIMES: 1. Lavilla (Suzuki) 1'53.162; 2. Laconi (NCR Ducati) 1'53.879; 3. Reynolds (Suzuki) 1'54.281; 4. Walker (HM Plant Ducati) 1'54.429; 5. Bussei (Yamaha) 1'54.607; 6. Rutter (Renegade Ducati) 1'54.648; 7. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1'54.682; 8. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1'54.692; 9. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1'54.726; 10. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'54.786.

TV COVERAGE : Eurosport (pan-European) - Sunday 15 June, 2345 - 0045 (delayed).

RAI (Italy) - Sunday 15 June, 1620 - 1715 race 1 highlights and race 2 (live)

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ruben Xaus