WSS: Yamaha Donington Park Saturday notes

Yamaha GMT94 Team lead the way for Yamaha at Donington With the Yamaha World Supersport Team out of this weekend's race, it fell to other Yamaha-shod teams to try and gain the best qualifying today for the manufacturer. Both Curtain and Parkes...

Yamaha GMT94 Team lead the way for Yamaha at Donington

With the Yamaha World Supersport Team out of this weekend's race, it fell to other Yamaha-shod teams to try and gain the best qualifying today for the manufacturer. Both Curtain and Parkes suffered broken collar bones in yesterday's free practice resulting in a premature end to the factory-supported team's weekend.

David Checa, of the Yamaha GMT Team, is the highest placed Yamaha rider in ninth place on tomorrow's grid. The younger brother of MotoGP star Carlos is contesting his second year in the World Supersport Championship, having finished overall in 11th position in 2006. His team mate, Sebastien Gimbert will start tomorrow's race in 10th position, having qualified just over half a second behind Checa.

Massimo Roccoli, the sole rider for the Yamaha Motor Italia Lorenzini by Leoni Team, had a very disappointing qualifying after crashing both his main and spare machines. Although he was third fastest in this morning's free practice he could only manage a qualifying position of 20th in the afternoon session.

Despite having had such a successful day in yesterday's qualifying in fairly wet conditions, Arnaud Vincent starts tomorrow in 28th position. Although he improved his time by over three seconds today, the overall pace was much faster.

Pere Riba (Kawasaki) is in pole position for tomorrow with a best time of 1'34.066, with Simone Sanna (Honda) in second and Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda) in third. The front row is completed by Dutchman Barry Veneman (Suzuki).

Massimo Roccoli (20th - 1'35.944 - Yamaha Motor Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"I crashed after a few minutes at the start of the practice because I touched the kerb at the last corner (Goddards). It was my mistake. I returned to the garage and took the second bike but I crashed again in the slower section of the track, where I lost the front. I don't know why that happened, but I am okay I have a good set up for the race after we made changes today to front and I am confident for tomorrow."

-credit: yrc

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Series World Superbike
Drivers David Checa , Kenan Sofuoglu , Pere Riba , Arnaud Vincent , Sébastien Gimbert , Barry Veneman , Massimo Roccoli , Simone Sanna