Parkes second in qualifying at a dry Portimao Day two at the all-new Portimao circuit went to plan for Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) and on a dry track surface he came close to pole with his second best time of the weekend. He...
Parkes second in qualifying at a dry Portimao
Day two at the all-new Portimao circuit went to plan for Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) and on a dry track surface he came close to pole with his second best time of the weekend. He starts the 20-lap Supersport race from a coveted front row grid placing.
Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team) was making great strides towards the top grid slots at one stage but could not improve his front-end feel enough to allow him to join Parkes, and he finished 16th fastest. He will therefore start the final race of 2008 from the fourth row.
After the first wet qualifying session on Friday the team attempted to evaluate dry weather race tyres today and will continue to make final checks on raceday morning, before committing to their final tyre and set-up choices.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) had a difficult final qualifying session, finding his front suspension difficult to tune to the circuit as the new asphalt offered up more and more grip. David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) was an impressive 14th in a race close to his home base in Spain.
Broc Parkes (2nd - 1'45.226 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"That was pretty good today but we didn't use as many tyres in the qualifying session as we expected. We tried to see which tyres would last the distance rather than going for a single fast lap until nearer the end. I put in a good lap close to the finish but I met some traffic and lost a tenth or so on my potential best time. I'm on the front row, and that is always good. I think we have a good set-up and starting off the front row is very important there, because there are not a lot of places that you can overtake. I need to get off the line smoothly and I think tyre wear may be a big factor in the race this weekend."
Fabien Foret (16th - 1'46.417 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I had some problems with the suspension because I did not have a good feeling, and then I hit some traffic at the end. I could not find a clear lap. I am disappointed to be only 16th so I want to get a good race done tomorrow and then think about next year."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It all came together a bit better in the dry on Broc's side of the garage and Fabien tried hard to make a good grid spot, but maybe a little too hard. He had some difficulties with the feel from the front so he is not in an ideal position. Let us wait and see tomorrow. Everybody has lost one day in terms of tyre choice, and the track surface is changing constantly, so we still have something to do to in warm-up tomorrow."
Massimo Roccoli (19th - 1'46.381 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"I was happy to be riding in the dry today but I found the front end really bouncing around and that made finding the correct lines and a good lap time very difficult. I am still not 100% happy with my knowledge of the circuit but I expect to make improvements before we start racing tomorrow and I hope for a good result to finish the year on a high."