Curtain third despite early crash Championship leader Kevin Curtain ended today's first practice in third position, despite suffering a crash at a cold and grey Magny Cours circuit. The Australian crashed at Adelaide corner on his seventh lap...
Curtain third despite early crash
Championship leader Kevin Curtain ended today's first practice in third position, despite suffering a crash at a cold and grey Magny Cours circuit.
The Australian crashed at Adelaide corner on his seventh lap of the afternoon qualifying session but, despite completing just a handful of laps, Curtain remained one of only three riders to break the 1:44 bracket.
Curtain was one of many riders to be caught out by the low surface temperatures, which saw many of the supersport riders crash out, thankfully without injury.
Curtain's team-mate Broc Parkes ended the day sixth on the other Yamaha Motor Germany YZF-R6. The Australian is still riding in some discomfort following his big crash in Assen last month and rode with a safety first attitude around the circuit where he scored his maiden world supersport victory 12 months ago.
Yamaha GMT94's David Checa took a provisional seventh place at his team's home race. The Spaniard knows the Magny Cours circuit well from his many outings in the Bol d'Or 24-hour race, which is held at the circuit each September.
Yamaha Team Italia's Gianluca Vizziello and Massimo Roccoli ended the day on the provisional third row, in 10th and 11th positions respectively.
Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) took provisional pole position, just ahead of his team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu, with Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda) completing the front row with Curtain.
<pre> Qualifying 1
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time 1 Sebastien Charpentier Honda FRA 1'42.829 2 Kenan Sofuoglu Honda TUR 1'43.097 3 Kevin Curtain Yamaha AUS 1'43.765 4 Katsuaki Fujiwara Honda JPN 1'44.032 5 Gianluca Nannelli Ducati ITA 1'44.170 6 Broc Parkes Yamaha AUS 1'44.273 7 David Checa Yamaha ESP 1'44.277 8 Johan Stigefelt Honda SWE 1'44.367 9 Stephane Chambon Kawasaki FRA 1'44.371 10 Gianluca Vizziello Yamaha ITA 1'44.452 11 Massimo Roccoli Yamaha ITA 1'44.741 12 Simone Sanna Honda ITA 1'44.869 13 Barry Veneman Suzuki NED 1'45.044 14 Kai Borre Andersen Suzuki NOR 1'45.081 15 Robbin Harms Honda DNK 1'45.147 16 Yoann Tibero Honda FRA 1'45.199 17 Fabien Foret Kawasaki FRA 1'45.473 18 Mauro Sanchini Yamaha ITA 1'45.751 19 Gregory Leblanc Honda FRA 1'45.765 20 David Perret Kawasaki FRA 1'45.818 21 Miguel Praia Honda POR 1'45.892 22 William De Angelis Honda ITA 1'45.893 23 Arie Vos Honda NED 1'45.910 24 Vesa Kallio Yamaha FIN 1'45.962 25 Didier Van Keymeulen Yamaha BEL 1'45.971 26 Chris Peris Yamaha CAN 1'46.393 27 Stuart Easton Ducati GBR 1'46.425 28 Christian Zaiser Ducati AUT 1'46.498
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