DIFFICULT QUALIFICATION FOR DONI TATA PRADITA Good first free practice session for Doni Tata Pradita on Saturday morning: with a time of 1'53.542 he is almost 1 second quicker than on the previous day (1'54.392). The qualifying session...
DIFFICULT QUALIFICATION FOR DONI TATA PRADITA
Good first free practice session for Doni Tata Pradita on Saturday morning: with a time of 1'53.542 he is almost 1 second quicker than on the previous day (1'54.392).
The qualifying session is not easy for Doni and he finishes in 23rd position. He is discovering the track of Monza, a very special circuit completely different of all the other tracks of the world, and it is hard to get used to it.
The leader of the World Championship Cal Crutchlow on a Yamaha was the fastest, 0.03 seconds in front of Joan Lascorz and 0.1 in front of his team mate Fabien Foret.
The session was stopped with a red flag with 20 minutes to go when Barry Veneman, Kenan Sofuoglu and Mark Aitchison crashed in the same curve separately. Sofuoglu would crash again later on.
With his time of 1'49.706, Cal Crutchlow beat the circuit record that was held by Broc Parkes (Yamaha) in 1'49.868. The Hondas qualified from 4th to 7th, with Laverty leading Aitchison, Sofuoglu and Pitt.
Doni Tata Pradita: "I am not really happy because I lost the feeling about the track. I pushed too hard to try to go faster. In the end it was better, but in the beginning I was too slow. In the second chicane for instance, I used the first gear in the beginning, and then when I used the second gear it came better. We changed the gearing for the last 5 minutes, but by then time was running too short. I have to improve also my use of the front brake. Tomorrow, I have to do better."
Martial Garcia (team-manager): "It's hard to be learning. On this difficult track, the brakings and the chicanes are typical of Monza. The braking points are especially important. Doni was more than I second faster than during the preliminary testing. He is 3.3 seconds away from the pole position. It is his first time here and it is difficult to achieve a good result."