More pain for Crutchlow as he sets sensational pole
Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow set out to repeat his fortunes of Friday's free practice in qualifying today, losing the front end at Mcleans for a spectacular crash. Undeterred the British rider stopped long enough to change leathers before heading out again and going straight back to the top of the time sheet. Crutchlow's time was topped briefly by Laverty at the end of the session, however as the flag dropped he crossed the line to take pole back, setting a new Best Lap in the process.
Team-mate Fabien Foret had a less successful day. Having finished the morning's free practice session in third position the French rider struggled to improve his time in qualifying, and was also held up on a couple of hot laps by other riders. As the session ended he had to settle for tenth on the grid and a fight ahead of him in tomorrow's race.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Superbike Team (1st, 1'31.701)
"It was a good enough for me to take pole. I went down in the session which was disappointing but other than that it was a good job. I think I could have gone a bit quicker to be honest but I was unlucky with other riders and the crash obviously held me up a bit! I'm going to relax now for the day and hopefully come out tomorrow fighting. Eugene is going to be a big threat again tomorrow so let's see what happens."
Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (10th, 1'33.182)
"The qualifying went not so well for me, I was in my hot lap and got blocked by another rider which annoyed me and really held me up. I'm starting from tenth tomorrow which is not ideal, but I've changed my approach to starting the sessions this weekend a bit so I hope it will help me get a good start tomorrow and make up some places."
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager
"It was a difficult qualifying session for us, Cal was on the pace but he crashed again on a hot lap. Finally he was able to do another 31.7 so he has pole but still he's injured. The bike is ready to race for sure and he's showed everyone he's fast but the race will be tough tomorrow. I expect Eugene will be up there as well. Fabien struggled a little bit, he did the same lap times as the morning practice where he was third but as a lot of riders improved in the afternoon we knew we had to do half a second faster. Unfortunately he was blocked in a hot lap which was a shame so he's in tenth which is disappointing as we saw what he could do in the morning."