Toseland claims Brno front row Following another scorching day at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland will start tomorrow's 20-lap race from the front row of the grid. Team-mate Roberto ...
Toseland claims Brno front row
Following another scorching day at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland will start tomorrow's 20-lap race from the front row of the grid. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo qualified in ninth position for a third row start.
Toseland has been consistently fast during the free practice and qualifying sessions at the 5.403km circuit and today was no different. The Isle of Man resident entered this afternoon's Superpole one-lap dash as the fourth quickest rider. He secured his fastest lap of the weekend with a time of 2'00.235 to claim his in fourth-place position on the front row. The top three spots were taken by Noriyuki Haga, Max Biaggi and Troy Bayliss.
The second qualifying session brought mixed fortunes for team-mate Roberto Rolfo, who set a fastest lap early on before suffering a minor crash in the dying minutes. Uninjured, he entered Superpole in eighth position and was hoping to secure a place on the second row of the grid. However, a small mistake on the last section saw him just miss out on his aim and he settled for a ninth place start with a time of 2'01.234.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"It's been a pretty good second day for us. We've got a good race set-up on the bikes and James is on the front row so we have to be happy with that. He has been consistently fast over race distance and secured his personal best lap at Brno so we are confident that he can get a good result tomorrow. For Roby, it would have been good to see him on the second row, but he is only one off so hopefully he can get a good start and fight his way to the front. Al in all, we are ready to rumble!"
"I'm happy with today. My race distance is good and I am pretty consistent round here so I hope I can keep that up for tomorrow. If I'm honest, I think it's going to be a difficult race - the temperature is very high, but everyone is in the same boat so we'll see how it goes. The spectators can come and enjoy the sun and hopefully we'll give them some good racing to enjoy."
"I am not very happy with my Superpole lap because unfortunately on the last split I made a mistake on the brake and I lost some time. I was concentrating very hard and in the first split I felt really smooth on the bike compared to this morning. I think it was possible for me to do a 2'00, but the mistake held me back. Ninth position is not what I want but in any case, tomorrow we will try to have a good start and I'll fight for the front. The bike is very competitive, but for sure tyres will be a problem because of the track temperature. It's the same for everyone though so hopefully we will make the right choice and we will be ok."