CHARPENTIER ON PROVISIONAL POLE IN SPAIN In warm and sunny conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia in Spain this afternoon, Winston Ten Kate Honda rider and series leader SÃ©bastien Charpentier took provisional pole position for ...
CHARPENTIER ON PROVISIONAL POLE IN SPAIN
In warm and sunny conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia in Spain this afternoon, Winston Ten Kate Honda rider and series leader Sébastien Charpentier took provisional pole position for Sunday's third round World Supersport championship race.
The Frenchman's best time was 0.4s faster than his team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara, who set the second fastest time in the 45-minute qualifying session. The Winston pairing continues to set the pace in this year's championship, although a further qualifying session tomorrow afternoon will determine the final grid positions for Sunday's 23-lap (92km) race.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"We tried some new fork settings in this morning's free practice session which both riders seemed to like, and the overall setting is a little different to what we used for the test here last month. It's something we picked up from the data when we arrived here but it seems to be a move in the right direction. I'm pleased with the progress we're making because, although it may seem easy from the outside, we're having to put 100% into each session to stay ahead. Today is a good start to the weekend and we can now concentrate on getting the best set-up for the race instead of working on one quick qualifying lap."
Sébastien Charpentier - fastest, 1m38.351s
"Valencia was difficult for me last year after I was disqualified for missing a jump-start penalty, so I am very keen to do well here. We tried some different tyre combinations this afternoon but the track temperature went up which made it a little more difficult. But it may be the same conditions for the race on Sunday so we'll try some more tomorrow morning to see which will be the best tyre choice. The CBR is a very good package but it will be difficult to have the bike absolutely perfect for Valencia. We'll make some more laps tomorrow but at the moment I have to say I'm very happy."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - second fastest, 1m38.755s
"It was very strange this afternoon because, after I was fastest in this morning's practice, I went out on the same tyres and with the same setting on the CBR but the track was very different. It became very slippery and many riders were crashing so I did not push as hard because I did not want to go the same way. We've been trying many tyre combinations but it will be a difficult choice for the race because of the right side of the tyre. I will try to do a long session tomorrow to see what will be the best choice but I am very satisfied with the progress we are making here."
World Supersport, Valencia - provisional qualifying times: 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1m38.351s, 2 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:38.755, 3 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 1:39.741, 4 Victor Carrasco ESP (Yamaha) 1:40.042, 5 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 1:40.054, 6 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 1:40.169, 7 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 1:40.220, 8 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 1:40.373, 9 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 1:40.437, 10 Arturo Tizon ESP (Yamaha) 1:40.502