Front row start for Toseland at Misano Following a tough second day of World Superbike qualifying at the Misano World Circuit today, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland will start tomorrow's 24-lap race from the front row of the grid.
Front row start for Toseland at Misano
Following a tough second day of World Superbike qualifying at the Misano World Circuit today, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland will start tomorrow's 24-lap race from the front row of the grid. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo qualified in ninth position for a third row start.
The difficulties that the team experienced yesterday continued in this morning's second official qualifying, which saw Toseland and Rolfo finish in ninth and eleventh positions respectively. However, this afternoon's Superpole session proved to be the turning point as both riders pushed hard aboard their CBR1000RRs to secure their grid positions.
Rolfo was the first HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider to enter the one-lap dash and despite a slight mistake on the second to last corner, he achieved an impressive lap time of 1'36.489. Toseland followed and put in a bold performance to finish his lap in 1'35.572, securing fourth position on the grid. He completes the line-up alongside Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"It's been a difficult couple of days for the whole team. James has worked really hard today to improve his time and in the end it worked out. To get the front row after the problems we have had is a real surprise and we have to be pleased with that. Roby just missed out on the second row, but he has also improved a lot today. He put in a really good lap in the Superpole and I know that he wants to do well in front of his home crowd. All in all, I think we are ready to race."
"To be honest, we have really struggled for not having tested here. I went out on Friday and with the problems with the bike I knew it was going to be a long weekend. We had quite a lot of problems and problems that were not easy to fix, but the team has worked really hard and I've really tried to concentrate on what the problems are so we didn't waste time making any wrong decisions. In the end we got it together, which was nice, and to get on the front row is a bonus. I just have to focus on tomorrow and I hope I can bring in the result."
"Today has been a lot better than yesterday because we worked very hard this morning to improve the feeling in the front of the bike. This is very important for this track. I am running almost a second faster than I was yesterday and I feel more confident now. Free practice was very important because we were working towards a good race set-up and I think we are almost there now. Unfortunately, the last part of the Superpole was difficult because I was pushing very hard and just made a mistake on the last section. Anyway, the lap time was not too bad. It's a pity not to be on the second row, but I will try hard for a good start to the race and hopefully I can get a good result."