HANNspree Ten Kate Honda makes good progress The first day of qualifying for round 11 of the 2007 World Superbike Championship took place in damp and grey weather at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany today. HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James...
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda makes good progress
The first day of qualifying for round 11 of the 2007 World Superbike Championship took place in damp and grey weather at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany today. HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland ended the day as the fifth fastest rider, while team-mate Roberto Rolfo qualified in fourteenth place.
With the main focus of the day being on race distance, Toseland put in consistently fast laps during both the morning free practice and the official qualifying session. Although the current series leader was unable to secure the fastest lap of the day, he is happy with the results and confident that he can secure a front row start for Sunday's race.
Team-mate Roberto Rolfo struggled to get to grips with his CBR10000RR on the first two sections of the 4.265km circuit. However, the team will be working on the set-up of the bike overnight to ensure the Italian rider can improve on his lap time in the final qualifying session tomorrow.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"Both riders are a bit further down than usual so we definitely have more work to do. On James' side there is nothing too drastic wrong, he just got held up on the softer tyre by some traffic. We know there is more to come from him, but we are already happy with his race pace. We did a bit of a distance on the tyre and he seems quite strong, but we definitely have to make some improvements on his bike for tomorrow.
"For Roberto, he was going at quite a pace this morning, but he did not progress as much as we were hoping in the afternoon. There are a few issues to sort out on his bike so we'll be making some changes to his CBR1000RR in time for tomorrow."
"I am quite happy with how today has gone. I've not really done anything too spectacular. The damp weather this morning made track conditions slippery, but we are heading in the right direction. We need a good, dry day tomorrow and I think we'll be right there. Today was more about race simulation and consistent lap times, which I think we have got. I've not ridden this track with the traction control before and it is really altering how the bike works, so that's something we need to address, but overall I'm happy."
"I am not so happy with the first qualifying because there are two points in the track where I am not so good and I cannot open the throttle as I want to on the bike. On the first and second sections of the track I am still too slow compared to the faster riders. We will do some work to the settings of the bike for tomorrow to improve my line on these points. I am more happy with the final section of the circuit because I was able to regain some time, but in any case it is not enough. We will try tomorrow morning to improve on this."