Haga Goes Under the Two-Minute Lap to Take Pole Haga today became the first rider to do a sub two-minute lap at Brno, taking pole position with a time of 1'59.603. With this morning's track temperature over ten degrees cooler than yesterday's...
Haga Goes Under the Two-Minute Lap to Take Pole
Haga today became the first rider to do a sub two-minute lap at Brno, taking pole position with a time of 1'59.603.
With this morning's track temperature over ten degrees cooler than yesterday's qualifying, both Haga and Corser found the going easier in second qualifying. Haga went out this morning and put in two fast laps, waking the rest of the pack up and reinforcing his place at the head of the qualifying table. Corser also beat his best time from yesterday, breaking into the 2'00 lap times, but was unable to hold off an attack for second from Bayliss.
Superpole was where the action really heated up. Haga was the last rider to complete his Superpole lap and did not disappoint as he went to the top of the board to take his second successive pole at the Czech circuit with the record-breaking lap time. Corser's lap earlier in the session had been smooth throughout the first two sections until he lost grip on the final part of the circuit, putting him in third. It was only Haga and Bayliss' laps afterwards that shifted him to fifth.
Shinichi Nakatomi had another good day of progress as he took almost a second off his best time to put himself in 13th going into his second Superpole of the season. He went even better on his flying lap, posting a 2'01 lap to maintain his 13th grid position going into tomorrow's race.
Haga is joined on the front row tomorrow by Biaggi, Bayliss and Toseland and both Corser and Haga will be keen to give Yamaha their 150th WSB podium. With rain forecast, though, the weather will become an important factor in the day.
Noriyuki Haga (1st - 1'59.603 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) "The track temperature was lower this morning which meant the tyres felt better and had more grip. This is why I was able to put in a couple of fast laps right at the start of the morning session. I then focused on doing a long distance run and found a much better front set-up, though the rear still needed work.
My Superpole lap was almost perfect except for one small mistake. To lap in less than two minutes is excellent; I'm very pleased with that achievement. If the weather is the same as this tomorrow it's going to be a tough race. I'll be happy if it rains, which it might, as it'll then be survival of the fittest."
Troy Corser (5th - 2'00.251 - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) "The grip was a bit better this morning than yesterday but I think that was more down to the track temperature than any tyre options we tried! We concentrated on finding the right set-up this morning to help the tyres in this heat but we haven't quite got there yet, as my Superpole lap showed. I was going well in the first and second sections but then I lost some grip in the final one, which lost me time. Second row isn't great but I'm confident of a good start." Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator, Yamaha Motor Italia) "Today's result is great. Tomorrow morning we will do a final check of everything and then we we'll be ready to race. When I saw Biaggi's lap time I thought it would be very difficult to get pole. I couldn't watch Nori's lap until the last few corners; I was just praying that he could go better. Once I saw 1'59.6 I was so pleased - well done to Nori. If Troy hadn't lost grip in the last part of the circuit we would've had both riders on the front row. Tomorrow's results will be dependent on the weather but I believe we'll be on the podium whatever happens."
Shinichi Nakatomi (13th - 2'01.849 - Team Yamaha YZF) "I'm happy with my grid position for tomorrow's races. Today has been a good day and I'm looking forward to taking away some more points from Brno. The team has worked hard on the bike's set-up all weekend and I am pleased with what we have achieved so far." Martial Garcia (Team Manager, Team Yamaha YZF) "Finally all our hard work bears fruit! This is result of the work that we've done over the last winter and spring. The bike is working well and we had the second top speed in qualifying practice. I hope that Nakatomi has a good race, like last year when he finished eighth. He looks in good shape for the last third of the season; he was 1.5 seconds faster here today than he was in 2006 so it is all looking hopeful."