Brands Hatch: Ducati qualifying notes

Xaus and Hodgson sixth and eleventh quickest in wet Superpole session at Brands Hatch. Brands Hatch (England), 26 July 2003: Ruben Xaus will start tomorrow's European Round of the World Superbike championship from sixth place on the grid while...

Xaus and Hodgson sixth and eleventh quickest in wet Superpole session at Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch (England), 26 July 2003: Ruben Xaus will start tomorrow's European Round of the World Superbike championship from sixth place on the grid while points leader Neil Hodgson could only set eleventh quickest time during a wet Superpole session at Brands Hatch and will start from row 3.

"I'm pretty happy with the bike today, things went exactly as I expected with the wild-cards up there, but it's nothing major" commented Neil. "I managed to get a good set-up pretty quickly in the morning dry qualifying and did some consistent laps on my race tyres. In Superpole I timed things badly when the rain came and I just needed one more lap. I'm very confident with my dry weather set-up, a bit less with the wet, so hopefully tomorrow it won't rain".

In the morning session Ruben Xaus crashed at the bottom of Paddock Hill Bend and injured the ring finger on his right hand, but this did not prevent him from putting in some quick laps in the afternoon session and in particular during Superpole in appalling conditions.

"The thing is we only tested on wet yesterday so the set-up in the rain is ready" declared Ruben. "In the dry we're struggling a bit because we had a little problem with when I fell off losing precious time. There's a big hole in my finger and it hurts, for sure it's broken, but the race is the most important thing for me. I like to race and win in the dry but I still need to find the right set-up, we're all going to work hard and find the right way for the races tomorrow in the warm-up if it is dry".

STARTING-GRID: 1. Reynolds (Suzuki) 1'35.706; 2. Walker (HM Plant Ducati) 1'36.299; 3. Byrne (Monstermob Ducati) 1'36.320; 4. Laconi (NCR Ducati) 1'36.419; 5. Rutter (Renegade Ducati) 1'36.630; 6. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1'36.663; 7. Emmett (ETI Ducati) 1'37.915; 8. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1'38.319; .... 11. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1'38.415.

TV COVERAGE : Eurosport (Europe) - Sunday, Race 1 & 2 0115 (highlights); RAI (Italy) - Saturday, Superpole 1730 (delayed); Sunday, Race 1 1600 (highlights), Race 2 1620 (live); BBC (UK) - Sunday, Race 1 1130 (live), Race 2 1520 (live).

-ducati-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ruben Xaus