Toseland on top at Brands Hatch HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland started his final home round of the 2007 World Superbike Championship on top form today. The British rider secured the fastest lap of the day during the first ...
Toseland on top at Brands Hatch
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland started his final home round of the 2007 World Superbike Championship on top form today. The British rider secured the fastest lap of the day during the first qualifying session to secure provisional pole position for Sunday's race. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo ended the day as the ninth fastest rider.
Toseland was consistently fast during the morning practice, beating his own best lap four times in quick succession. The official afternoon qualifying saw nine different riders in the top position on the timesheet, but it was Toseland who dominated the session. The current series leader claimed the fastest lap more times than any other rider to end with a final best time of 1'26.400.
Team-mate Roberto Rolfo focused on getting to grips with the undulating Brands Hatch circuit during today's sessions. The Italian rider is pleased with the progress made to the set-up of his CBR1000RR and will aiming to improve his lap time in the final qualifying tomorrow.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"It's been a very positive start to the weekend for us. As with all tracks, being consistently fast is the key factor around here and James has shown that he is capable of this. It's always nice for him to have the support of his home crowd, so a big thank you to them for the extra motivation. We hope he can continue in the same way tomorrow and get a good result for the team and his fans on Sunday. Roby has improved his lap times compared to last year - we hope that tomorrow we'll see him improve even further to aim for at least the second row."
"Today has been a great start to the weekend and I don't just mean the weather! I feel quite fresh, despite my trip to Japan last week. The team have worked brilliantly together to find the best setting. I am quickest today in qualifying and I'm really gunning for my first double win at Brands this weekend."
"I have really enjoyed today because Brands Hatch is a great track to ride. I have improved on last year's times, although it is not so easy to find the best line to be quick around here. I found a good feeling almost immediately on the bike - it is very powerful and it makes riding at Brands a lot of fun. This afternoon I wanted to try for a fast lap at the end of the session, but I was not so good on the last part of the track and I lost some time. In general, we have done some good work and I just need to find some more confidence for the race."