Parkes sublime in final Supersport qualifying Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) secured an outstanding seventh pole of the season today, setting a new Magny-Cours Supersport best of 1'41.543 seconds in the process. Fabien Foret...
Parkes sublime in final Supersport qualifying
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) secured an outstanding seventh pole of the season today, setting a new Magny-Cours Supersport best of 1'41.543 seconds in the process.
Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team) showed dramatic improvements in his qualifying performance with some dry track time at his disposal, and went 16th fastest from 30 riders.
Parkes has a remarkable record at Magny-Cours, and after final checks of the set-up in warm-up tomorrow morning he faces 22-laps of the 4.411km circuit in his quest to win his second race of the season on the YZF-R6.
His team-mate Foret has also won a single race in 2008, but his day two performance can also be considered a victory of sorts, after coming back so strongly at his home circuit after serious injury.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) improved on his Friday performance to secure a ninth place grid slot, 1.6 seconds from Parkes' pole.
David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) used his dry track time to go 18th in the rankings, making for a fifth row start.
Broc Parkes (1st - 1'41.543 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It's awesome to take my seventh pole of 2008 but we just want to convert that into a race win on Sunday, and we are still working on some aspects of race set-up. We have not had that many laps, because of the weather. In Vallelunga we had a bike that worked well towards the end of the race. Today we have made it a bit better at the start while trying to keep the speed at the end. We used the sessions really well. At the end I put one lap down and got a new record, even though I felt that the grip wasn't even as good as it was here last year."
Fabien Foret (16th - 1'43.664 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I didn't want to make any plan before I came here but after yesterday afternoon I was not too fast, and a little stressed. I am so happy about to day because I feel like I am really back, even if I am still only 85%. So to get into the top 16 was not so bad. My dry laps were good."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"Broc was feeling good and set a great time so I am very happy for him. Seven poles this year is incredible. The bike is handling well and working the way we want. The tyre life looks good as well and I think we will run at a good pace tomorrow. I am happy when the pressure is on another team's pitbox! It will be interesting to see how things go in tomorrow's race. Fabien came back in better form than we could have reasonably expected. We don't have Superpole in Supersport, but if we did, he would have been in it. He is a little tired now, and he has some difficulties changing direction still. But he went incredibly well in qualifying for his first weekend back."
Massimo Roccoli (9th - 1'43.183 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"I am very happy today because we managed to make good use of our track time and my R6 is very fast around here. I was up on my first and second split time in my final lap but another rider got in my way on the final chicane, so I lost that chance to improve even more, and maybe get onto the second row. But I am happy because my set-up is good and my bike is going well at this track."