PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW PLACES FOR THE DUCATI XEROX RIDERS HAGA AND FABRIZIO AT VALENCIA Valencia (Spain), Friday 3rd April: A positive start for the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in ...
PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW PLACES FOR THE DUCATI XEROX RIDERS HAGA AND FABRIZIO AT VALENCIA
Valencia (Spain), Friday 3rd April: A positive start for the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, with the riders concluding the first of the two qualifying sessions in third and fourth place, reserving provisional places on the front row of Sunday's grid.
The Superbike teams followed a new-look track schedule for the first time today with no track action taking place until the first Superbike free practice session in the early afternoon. A dirty and partly damp track did not stop Noriyuki from getting straight to work, exiting on a tyre with which he immediately found feeling and completing close to race distance with very consistent lap times. Michel too soon got up to speed and the two Ducati Xerox riders concluded the session in fifth (Michel) and ninth (Nori) place.
In the afternoon qualifying session the lap times of most of the riders picked up due to better track conditions and both Noriyuki and Michel were satisfied with the consistently fast times that they registered.
Noriyuki Haga 1m34.9s
"Today has gone well. I did two good long-runs on different tyres and am satisfied with the results, we can choose which tyre we want to use for the race. Tomorrow we'll try a different setting to try to improve through the corners and make things smoother, also saving the tyres somewhat. My lap times have been very consistent all day and we've had no real problems."
Michel Fabrizio 1m35.2s
"I would say that for the moment things are under control. We've got the race pace and although I was lacking a certain level of grip at the front, I'm quite happy with my times and with the feeling I have on the bike. Towards the end of the last session we found a rear solution that I liked but I hope to make further improvement tomorrow."