FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE ON DAY ONE AT KYALAMI Kyalami (South Africa), Friday 14th May : Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio immediately demonstrated his pace when he closed first qualifying in pole position, thanks to a ...
FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE ON DAY ONE AT KYALAMI
Kyalami (South Africa), Friday 14th May : Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio immediately demonstrated his pace when he closed first qualifying in pole position, thanks to a fastest lap time of 1m38.4. His team-mate Noriyuki Haga finished thirteenth.
The Superbike riders enjoyed great weather (air temperature 250x00b0C, track 360x00b0C) on this first day of the South African World Superbike race weekend, at the Kyalami circuit. In the first practice session that took place in the early afternoon factory riders Noriyuki and Michel were both immediately fast. Towards the end of the 60-minute session Michel ducked under 1m40 for the first time and then, in a final exit in the last minutes, he made his fastest lap of 1m39.081, three tenths faster than Jakub Smrz who, on his privateer Ducati, finished the session in second. Noriyuki improved throughout the session, but concluded in tenth citing problems regarding the absorption of the suspension.
Just over an hour later in the first qualifying session, Michel recorded a first lap of 1m38.7, a very fast time that remained the time to beat for the first half of the session until, on new tyres, he improved further, registering a 1m38.4. In the final stages Cal Crutchlow and Jonathan Rea came close to Michel's best time but no-one was able to better it and the Italian rider closed in first place. For Noriyuki the morning's problems continued into the afternoon and the Japanese rider struggled to push hard on the bumpy track surface. At the end of the session Noriyuki was in thirteenth position.
Michel Fabrizio 1m38.4
"We made a good start today. We started from last year's set-up but then made a variety of changes to both the front and rear of my bike. I have a good feeling and didn't have any particular problems today. The only thing we need to work on is tyre wear as I did a mini long-run today with the new tyre that's available to us but after nine laps the grip was already dropping off."
Noriyuki Haga 1m39.6
"Today was difficult as I didn't have enough absorption over this bumpy track surface. I tried the different tyres available and they are not bad but without better absorption it's hard to push. We need to work to resolve this issue tomorrow. I hope to improve tomorrow but Sunday will be difficult; there are a lot of us on a track that is not so fast."