Monza: Benelli Sport Saturday qualifying report

Benelli eighth in Saturday qualifying. The Benelli Sport team watched Peter Goddard riding the Benelli Tornado superbike in among the championship leaders in Saturday's qualifying session. "We went really well in the wet and it felt good to be...

Benelli eighth in Saturday qualifying.

The Benelli Sport team watched Peter Goddard riding the Benelli Tornado superbike in among the championship leaders in Saturday's qualifying session.

"We went really well in the wet and it felt good to be up in the top ten," said Goddard, "the problem is we have been going in the wrong direction for our dry set up. Now we've worked out where we've been going wrong, and if we have a dry free practice in the morning we'll be able to try out our latest dry settings."

Unfortunately for the team Friday's dry times, when Benelli were still struggling, have decided the grid positions. This leaves Goddard with a mountain to climb as he starts Sunday's two races from back in 24th on grid.

Team owner Andrea Merloni admitted he was hoping for a pair of wet races, "We've got a great wet set up and today proved the potential of the Tornado. This is essentially our first race of the season and we've got a lot of work still to do. We seem to have found the problems with our dry set up, we'll have a chance to test our direction if it is dry during Sunday morning's free practice. Our engine is better than our grid position. We want to get 100% out of our bike but it's going to take lots more work and commitment."

Sig. Merloni expressed his confidence in his rider, "Peter is a talented rider and his performance in the wet has proved he has what it takes to race with the best riders in World Superbike racing."

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Peter Goddard