Valencia: Ten Kate Honda Saturday report

TOSELAND WORKS HARD IN SUPERPOLE FOR NINTH PLACE James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) had to ride with aggression and control in his Superpole lap to overcome the effects of an unexpected lack of traction on the Valencia track surface....

TOSELAND WORKS HARD IN SUPERPOLE FOR NINTH PLACE

James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) had to ride with aggression and control in his Superpole lap to overcome the effects of an unexpected lack of traction on the Valencia track surface. As he slithered his way around the 4.005km circuit, tail sliding dramatically on the last left hand sweep in particular, he set the ninth best time overall. Despite his difficulties, James was clearly the best Honda rider on show once more. His ninth place in Superpole makes for a third row start in each of Sunday's 23-lap Superbike races.

Giovanni Bussei (Winston Ten Kate Honda) was unlucky to find the Valencia track surface wet in the morning qualifying session, and thus had little realistic chance to improve on his opening day best time as it started to dry. He this missed out on Superpole qualification, and will start from 26th place on the grid.

Ronald Ten Kate - Team manager

"The maximum we could achieve has been achieved by the team today. Everybody worked very hard to cure some of the problems we have. There is still some stuff we want to test in the morning warm-up for James. We are pretty unhappy about Superpole of course, because we could all see him struggling quite a bit. We didn't get the grip we were expecting from the qualifying tyre. On a race pace the gap is a little bit smaller and let's hope that James has his race face on tomorrow and takes the maximum results possible. For Giovanni Bussei, he is learning the bike step-by-step and making some remarkable progress in his way, and had closed the gap to the midfield quite a lot. He will enjoy his racing a lot tomorrow."

James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(9th position -- 1'35.784)

"I was very disappointed the way Superpole went but I tried my best. It would have been better to get a second row start so things are going to be very tough tomorrow. But if I can get a good start, who knows? My speed on race tyres is better so we'll be giving it everything as usual."

Giovanni Bussei -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(26th position -- 1'37.520)

"This morning we lost almost one hour of practice because it was wet and only the last 15 minutes were useable. Working on the chassis set up in those circumstances was not so easy. But in the afternoon we made little steps; but definitely better ones, so I was quite happy with what we did. We will have the time to do something more in the warm-up tomorrow morning and I'm sure we can find a bit more to allow us to be faster in the two races."

-wtkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Giovanni Bussei