Final Qualifying, Saturday August 19 2000 Marlboro Yamaha Team duo Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa enjoyed and endured another day of mixed fortunes at Brno. Biaggi cemented a masterful pole position while Checa struggled to get to grips with the 48...
Final Qualifying, Saturday August 19 2000
Marlboro Yamaha Team duo Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa enjoyed and endured another day of mixed fortunes at Brno. Biaggi cemented a masterful pole position while Checa struggled to get to grips with the 48 degree track temperature and qualified 15th. Biaggi utterly dominated qualifying today and yesterday and has now firmly established his intention to exploit this rich vein of form right up to the end of the season.
"Congratulations to Max," said Marlboro Yamaha Team manager Geoff Crust. "It's a very well-deserved pole position. And he put it all together right at the end of the session just to seal that number one spot, even though he's been on it all weekend. Carlos is a racer and if can get amongst them on this very wide track when a lot of riders will be looking after their tyres, anything can happen tomorrow."
BIAGGI IN CONTROL ON POLE
Marlboro Yamaha Team star Max Biaggi powered his way to his third pole position of the year with consistently fast riding that was simply a cut above the opposition. Fastest in all but one session here, his YZR500 felt right from the very beginning of this afternoon's final qualifying session. After making a few changes to the front-end settings in this morning's free practice, he worked on race set-up in the afternoon, running plenty of fast, consistent laps on race tyres and now believes he has an effective set-up for tomorrow.
"I'm very glad to be on pole," said the flying Italian. "This confirms the speed we had yesterday. Everything feels right and this is one of my favourite tracks. We made a few changes to the front end that stopped the chatter, so I feel I can really push hard in the race. The team did a great job today and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."
CHECA IN DETERMINED MOOD
A difficult weekend continued for Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa today; but as with most real racers, such difficulties only serve to bring out the fighting qualities that have earned them their success. Checa suffered front-end problems and crashed without injury in the final moments of today's session as he tried to hoist himself further up the grid. He starts tomorrow's race from 15th position.
"I was trying really hard," said the determined Spaniard. "At the end of the session I lost the front end, but this is still something we can fix in tomorrow's morning warm-up. The important thing is there is still time to get things sorted. The race is not over, it has not even begun."
CAPIROSSI FIGHTS PAIN AGAIN
Loris Capirossi (Honda) starts from second on the grid, despite injuring his right hand in this morning's free practice session. He broke a bone in the hand and used ice-packs to keep the swelling down before he went out this afternoon.
"The team's working well," said the gritty Italian. "The bike's is working really well too -- and now I have gone and broken my hand. Like always I will just try my best and wait to see what happens."
ROBERTS ON FRONT ROW
Kenny Roberts' time from yesterday was enough to secure a front row slot and he will start from third place on the grid. Concentrating mainly on his race set-up, the American is confident he can last the distance tomorrow in what promises to be a hard, hot race.
"I think the heat's getting to a few people here," said the World Championship leader. "We wheeled the bike out yesterday and it was dialed in from the start. Tomorrow will be a bit like Malaysia, it's going to be a long, hard race."
<pre> FINAL QUALIFYING 1. MAX BIAGGI (ITA) Marlboro YAMAHA Team 2'01.291* 2. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Emerson HONDA Pons 2'01.675 3. Kenny Roberts (USA) Telefonica Movistar SUZUKI 2'01.713 (Fri) 2'02.117 (Sat) 4. Garry McCoy (AUS) Red Bull YAMAHA WCM 2'01.936
15. CARLOS CHECA (SPA) Marlboro YAMAHA Team 2'03.025