20TH TIME FOR DONI TATA PRADITA
The young rider Doni Tata Pradita for Yamaha Indonesia was 20th of the first free practice session on Friday in the Supersport class on his R6. The quickest man was Spaniard Joan Lascorz on a Kawasaki.
Doni Tata Pradita did 27 laps, including 24 with the same rear tyre. This gives good information for the race next Sunday that will last 23 laps.
Here in Valencia, the local champion Joan Lascorz was the leader on Friday afternoon. Now the riders do not practice anymore on Friday morning. He was the winner already last year in Valencia on a private Honda. The second time went to Cal Crutchlow from the United Kingdom on a Yamaha, in front of the second Kawasaki of Katsuaki Fujiwara.
Doni Tata Pradita: "I was fast already in the beginning of the session when I fought with Fabien Foret. I know where I am losing time and I can improve. I was 15th in the middle of the session, but I couldn't go any faster after that because I did 24 laps with my rear tyre. We have to work on the setting of the suspension and the engine. I have a problem with my new gloves that are too tight."
Martial Garcia (team manager): "We did more or less the same time than during the tests. The track condition is identical to what it was in 2008, as you can see with the time of Joan Lascorz. The bike is validated for the practice. We are now getting ready for the only qualifying session."
The Valencia circuit
The first Valencia World Superbike race was held in 2000. The circuit is next to the town of Cheste, 25 km from Valencia, 320 km from Madrid and 370 km from Barcelona. The "Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo" is 4,005 km long and between 12 and 13 meters wide. It has 9 left-hand turns and 5 right-handers, with radii ranging from 30 to 250 meters. The start-finish straight is 876 meters long. Maximum downhill camber is 5.33% with 3.58% uphill. Paddock area is 49,066 m2. Maximum seating capacity for spectators is 60,000, with room for a further 50,000 on the hills surrounding the circuit.
Valencia is a fascinating but tricky circuit. It's easy to get caught out by the many slow turns. It's certainly not the kind of track where a Superbike rider can really use his machine's power and speed. First gear has to be used several times and that always means extra care has to be taken. The track heats up the left hand side of the rear tyre. Especially in the double left-hander that leads down onto the start-finish straight and really puts the edge of the tyre under pressure. Valencia is a real stop-and-go circuit where the front tyre has to be good for hard braking and fast cornering.