HAGA (DUCATI XEROX) QUALIFIES SIXTH FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD SUPERBIKE RACES AT SALT LAKE CITY Salt Lake City (USA), Sunday 30th May : in warm but windy conditions Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio participated in a closely...
HAGA (DUCATI XEROX) QUALIFIES SIXTH FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD SUPERBIKE RACES AT SALT LAKE CITY
Salt Lake City (USA), Sunday 30th May : in warm but windy conditions Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio participated in a closely fought Superpole session this afternoon at the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. Haga and his squad were very satisfied with the sixth place finish, while Fabrizio closed today's Superpole in tenth position.
Earlier in the day, the Superbike riders were out on track for the second qualifying session and both Michel and Noriyuki made some consistently fast laps, before improving on their best times set yesterday in the final minutes of the session. By the end of a very competitive 45-minute session, both Ducati Xerox riders had qualified easily for the afternoon's Superpole, Michel in sixth position and Noriyuki in thirteenth.
Superpole 1: In the first of the three mini-sessions, the Ducati Xerox riders both went out on race rubber and at the end of the fourteen-minute phase, Nori lay in tenth and Michel in thirteenth place, both riders therefore passing safely to the second stage.
Superpole 2: both Fabrizio and Haga chose to use qualifiers for the second session and registered, in a first exit, the sixth and seventh fastest times respectively. When the times of other riders began to drop, the Ducati Xerox men returned to the track, both taking advantage of the second "Q" available to them, to close in eighth (Nori) and tenth (Michel) position. Michel's Superpole thus ended here; he will lie up on the third row of tomorrow's grid.
Superpole 3: Noriyuki continued to ride with the qualifier used in the previous session. When Jonathan Rea crashed mid-session, a red flag stopped proceedings for a couple of minutes. Noriyuki and his team took this opportunity to substitute the used "Q" with a race tyre and in his last exit of the afternoon, the Japanese rider improved once more on his best time, to conclude today's Superpole with the sixth fastest time and assuring himself of a place on the second row of tomorrow' grid.
"I am of course very happy to have qualified on the second row for tomorrow's races. It seems we have found a solution to one of the problems I was having, I have a better level of feeling and I have been able to turn the bike as I want to. Tomorrow morning we'll make a few more small changes to see if we can further improve there but I'm feeling quite confident, let's cross our fingers that tomorrow conditions allow us to make two great races."
"I'm disappointed as I hoped to qualify on the front rows and it won't be at all easy to start from the third. I was losing valuable time in the final split and didn't manage to put together that extra fast lap that was needed. However we've found good race pace over these two days and, if I can make a good start, I'm confident I can make two good races; I really like this track and would like to do well here."