Laustiz: Benelli Sport qualifying notes

Benelli Sport narrowly miss out Superpole. Benelli Sport came within less than half a second of qualifying for Superpole at Lausitzring on Saturday. A welcome result on the team's first ever visit to the two year old track situated south of...

Benelli Sport narrowly miss out Superpole.

Benelli Sport came within less than half a second of qualifying for Superpole at Lausitzring on Saturday. A welcome result on the team's first ever visit to the two year old track situated south of Berlin in Germany.

The team had worked hard after Friday's wet session to get everything in place for the changing conditions on Saturday. The session started wet but a dry line had appeared by midway through qualifying.

"That's the closest we've come to Superpole," said rider Peter Goddard. "It was a difficult session for us because we haven't been to this track before. We had so little time this morning to sort out gearing and set up for the dry. We nearly made it, but not quite, but that's the closest we've been to qualifying for Superpole.

"The bike is improving, it's more rideable than it's ever been. It handles well but we still need to make more power to improve the bike's competitiveness."

Peter Goddard knows that he'll have to work hard again in both Sunday's races if he is to add to Benelli's tally of championship points, "It won't be easy, but we are starting further up the grid than before. I'll be looking for a good start to try and make the most of my grid position."

The weather at Lausitzring, which had been awful on Friday and had started just as poorly on Saturday, improved steadily throughout Saturday. Sunday's forecast seems to suggest both races will be run in dry conditions, a welcome relief for the riders after the terrible conditions they rode through at the last round in Silverstone.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Peter Goddard