Misano Adriatico (Italy), Saturday 24 June: Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) will line up on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's sixth round of the World Superbike Championship at Misano Adriatico following today's Superpole ...
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Saturday 24 June: Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) will line up on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's sixth round of the World Superbike Championship at Misano Adriatico following today's Superpole scorcher.
Points leader Bayliss, quickest in both qualifying sessions, was unable to find the required rhythm in the one-lap dash and could only qualify in seventh place as James Toseland (Honda) took the pole.
"That was a messy lap" declared Troy, "I nearly lost the front and then in the second last chicane almost hit the ripple-strip. I had no rhythm at all with the qualifying tyre. I am a little bit disappointed but it makes it all a little bit more interesting tomorrow. However we did a long-run in the free practice and did a pretty good job. I don't think anyone else can run at my pace so I'm feeling very confident for the race. For sure the second row makes a little bit of difference but I'll get a good start and go on from there."
After qualifying thirteenth yesterday, Lorenzo Lanzi made considerable progress today. In this morning's second and final qualifying session the Italian moved up to seventh place and then finished eighth in Superpole to earn a row 2 start for the races behind team-mate Bayliss.
"In Superpole I was the quickest in the first sector, but half-way through the lap the tyre started to go off" commented Lorenzo. "That was a real pity because it was the same tyre that I had tried before in the free practice and it promised really well for Superpole. Eighth place is not entirely satisfactory, but I'm on the second row so we'll see how it goes from there".