DONI TATA PRADITA ONLY 2 SECONDS FROM POLE POSITION
Young Indonesian rider Doni Tata Pradita did a good qualifying session in Valencia (Spain) for the third round of the Supersport World Championship. He is in 18th position, only 2 seconds from the poleman Cal Crutchlow on a Yamaha.
Doni tried very hard during the session and he was for a long time in 15th place. Then he had a little crash, but could restart and finished 18th.
If Yamaha is the leader with Crutchlow, there was also a good result for Kawasaki with Joan Lascorz 2nd and Katsuaki Fujiwara 4th. The situation was more complicated for the Hondas of Andrew Pitt (9th with 3 crashes), Kenan Sofuoglu (11th) and Eugene Laverty, the winner in Qatar (13th).
Doni Tata Pradita: "During this qualifying session, I pushed it to the limit. In the last minutes, I pushed even harder and I crashed. Then I restarted and kept on going to have a good time. The last lap was 1'37.9, which was not so good. Overall I am happy. I was 15th before I crashed. The back of my Yamaha is not perfect yet. Without that crash, I would be in the top 15. I have a good feeling. The setting of the bike is good."
Martial Garcia (team-manager): "There is obviously a good progress. Despite a little crash, Doni did very well in this only qualifying practice session (because of the new rules). He is 18th, only 2 seconds from the pole position, which is much faster than in Qatar. This progress has been made because of the motorcycle and the big improvement comes from the rider who has a very strong motivation here in Spain."