Wet weather welcomes Yamaha riders to Rome Inclement weather was the backdrop of yet another opening day of WSS qualifying, as Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) and Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Supersport Team) made their first...
Wet weather welcomes Yamaha riders to Rome
Inclement weather was the backdrop of yet another opening day of WSS qualifying, as Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) and Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Supersport Team) made their first qualifying times at Vallelunga.
Laverty set the 12th fastest time of the session relatively early, while Parkes built up confidence and speed to go 14th, despite the rain falling more heavily.
With the rest of the race weekend expected to be fully dry, warm and sunny, the team hopes to be able to move from a machine set-up based on their recent wet weather experiences at Donington to the strong base set-up they found in official tests at Vallelunga in July.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) was only 17th fastest due to the rainy conditions and an early fall, while David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) went 31st. His team-mate Jason Crowe (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) was 27th.
Eugene Laverty (12th - 1'57.315 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I was happy with the set-up in the wet and I set a quick time early on. Then it started hammering with rain and I didn't want to push too much. I should be dry tomorrow so I just wanted to set a decent time and find a good wet set-up just in case it is wet again. 12th position doesn't matter so much right now, because it should be dry and hopefully I will get some dry track time tomorrow before the second qualifying session. I just need some dry time on this bike! My injured foot caused me a bit of a problem in the morning but this afternoon we made some adjustments to my boot and now it is OK."
Broc Parkes (14th - 1'57.534 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"Today was OK. After Donington where we didn't do so well in the rain I had a lot better feeling with the bike here. It started to rain a lot harder near the end of the session but that's when I did my best lap, which shows we made progress. It will be dry tomorrow, so we will be looking forward to that. We have good dry information from our test here in the summer so it will be good to put that into action."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It was interesting for us to see how we were doing after Donington, because we struggled there in the rain. Now it is good, even if we are not in the top of the times, but we have been able to handle the wet weather much better. Eugene is not 100% fit of course but he did well and Broc has shown that he is getting a bit of feel on a wet set-up. Tomorrow is going to be dry but the guys stayed out just to get a little bit of information on tyres and in the rain, but they didn't push or force too much."
Massimo Roccoli (22nd - 1'58.386 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"I started the weekend here without much confidence in the wet and I fell in the morning session, when I lost the front. So in the afternoon I did not push too hard, partly because the weather is almost certain to be better tomorrow and on raceday, and partly because I did not want to have another fall."