Yamaha Confirm Third and Seventh Qualifying Positions What should have been another normal day of qualifying today was marred from the outset by bad weather conditions. Constant rain since last night had turned the track into an ice-skating rink...
Yamaha Confirm Third and Seventh Qualifying Positions
What should have been another normal day of qualifying today was marred from the outset by bad weather conditions. Constant rain since last night had turned the track into an ice-skating rink for this morning's free practice and resulted in 16 riders crashing or running into the gravel during the 45 minute session and times 40 seconds slower than yesterday.
Tommy Hill and Broc Parkes waited until the 30 minute mark to make their entrance onto the track in the hope of being able to find a good wet set-up. Even though the track was slippery both riders made good progress on their settings, before focusing on the important job of qualifying.
With the rain letting up during lunch and the sun even making a brief appearance, the afternoon qualifying session was declared dry. But with wet patches still evident around the circuit, lap times were still around 20 seconds off the pace and there was no change in qualifying positions from yesterday. Parkes will start tomorrow on the front row in third while Hill will start in seventh. Yamaha Team Italia rider Massimo Roccoli was unable to improve on his best position of 17th following a day of set-up issues yesterday.
Parkes is joined on the front row tomorrow by Charpentier in pole, Sofuoglu in second and Fujiwara in fourth.
Broc Parkes (3rd - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I spent this morning sorting out a wet set-up for tomorrow because it's likely to rain. I was hoping for a totally wet session this afternoon but it wasn't wet and it wasn't dry either. But I'm happy to have kept it upright today! I'm confident we've got the right set-up whether it's wet or dry tomorrow and I'm pleased that I was able to get a good front row position yesterday because there was no chance of improving on times today. Today has really been about focusing on settings rather than grid positions."
Tommy Hill (7th - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I'm happy with what I've managed to achieve today despite the weather; being third in both sessions as well as getting a good set-up. It's not been ideal conditions today, especially as I'm new to the circuit. This intermittent rain is not good for either wet or dry set-up work but I'm pleased we had a good base setting to start from. I would've liked to have got a long dry run in today but at least I got some dry time yesterday and wet time today so now I feel ready for either eventuality tomorrow. The weather will be the deciding factor on tyres and settings for tomorrow and I'm kind of used to it, given that I ride in British Superbike!" Massimo Roccoli (17th - Yamaha Team Italia) "Due to the unpredictable weather it was very difficult to find the right set-up for the differing conditions. But in any case the bike is okay and we'll see what happens about the weather. The main problem is my starting grid position but I'll try to fix it with a good start."