BARRIER 5TH AND BLACK 9TH
Sylvain Barrier and Gregg Black finished in the top 10 today at Donington. This is good for the championship position of Sylvain and Gregg's confidence. Both did a very good job racing the Yamaha R1s of the Garnier Racing Junior team. This is a nice step forward for the rookie team.
After a good qualifying session, Sylvain Barrier started from the first row (3rd time) and Gregg Black from the second one (8th time). The championship leader Xavier Simeon (Ducati) was on pole position and his main opponents for the title, Maxime Berger (Honda) and Claudio Corti (Suzuki) only from the sixth row.
Xavier Simeon started very well and kept the first position until the chequered flag. Sylvain Barrier was 2nd in the first curve with Gregg Black in 6th. Then Claudio Corti and Maxime Berger, who both came from the 6th row, charged very hard to finish second and third after a terrific race. Sylvain Barrier did the best he could with his R1 and finished in 5th position, first of the Yamaha riders. Gregg was in a good group of good riders and displayed all the progress he has made since he started this rookie year 5 races ago.
This is a great day for the team and everybody looks forward to the next race in Brno.
Gregg Black: "Finally I score points! I am super happy! I started well and was 6th in the early stage. Then some riders passed me, and then I overtook some of them. I had a good rhythm. Schouten slowed me down a little bit. I had some grip problem with the rear. With 4 laps to go, Savary passed me, and after that I passed him again. I finish 9th -- in top 10 -- and that makes me very happy. We worked well this weekend. I did most laps in 1'34, which is 1 second quicker than during the practice sessions."
Sylvain Barrier: "I was anxious before the start because there were some riders with little experience on the front rows. I had a good start. I was 2nd in the first curve. I followed the lead, but didn't want to push too much not to crash. I had no margin. I score some important points. The engine was not that strong, the chassis was not too bad. I was careful not to lose everything. My satisfaction is average. We can improve."
Michel Garnier (team owner): "This is a perfect weekend. Sylvain is 5th, that's our logical position. The Yamaha lacks power. It is difficult to ride. Our results are great. Sylvain is 5th in the championship. We shall try to do better at Brno. Gregg has completed his learning experience. Today he could express himself. He finishes 9th, I am delighted. He did a good job. I am happy with both riders. They did an intelligent work."
-credit: grt jr