Parkes and Foret caught out by rain at new circuit
The stunning new Portimao circuit was a real challenge to most of the WSS field and after the weather turned for the worse halfway though qualifying, it prevented many of the top riders from qualifying in the first timed session.
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) and Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team) each found themselves in a similar position, with an increasingly wet track preventing them from making a push towards a qualifying place.
A delayed first day of action was once more affected by poor weather conditions, which combined with an unfamiliar circuit layout made for some peculiarities in the overall rankings. An improvement is expected in the weather tomorrow.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) felt his machine moved around too much in the morning session and in the afternoon he pushed a touch too hard in his efforts to qualify and he fell, without injury. David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) was another caught out by the conditions as he posted 22nd best lap time.
Broc Parkes (24th - 2'07.830 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We were OK when it was properly wet on the track this morning but in the afternoon we had a drying track, then a wet track again so we missed the best chance to set a quick time. I'm a bit disappointed because I was happy this morning and feeling good. Hopefully tomorrow will be dry and we can wipe today away. The new track is awesome I reckon it's great. I was surprised because it was not as slippery as we thought it would be and it's got everything you could want in a track. Open corners, slower sections, ups and downs. It's going to be awesome in the dry."
Fabien Foret (30th - 2'10.663 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"The track itself is very nice but the conditions are quite bad. The weather forecast says that tomorrow should be better so we are looking forward to that, if it happens. The grip was fine but we just need to get more confidence and understanding of the track."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"A little bit of a strange day, to say the least. What can we say except that in the morning in the wet it was OK after we had made some adjustment to the machines. The tyres we used in the early part of the qualifying session were maybe a little too soft so changed them but as soon as the riders went out again the rain came back. So we missed the best chance, and it was disappointing to not qualify when we had the best chance to do it."
Massimo Roccoli (25th - 2'08.485 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"We had a few problems with the bike moving around on the track this morning, under braking and also under power. It felt slippery because the track was dirty in some places. I lost the front and crashed near the end of the session while trying to go for a better time. I am fine no injuries, so we will be back again