FPR on points trail at Monza The Foggy PETRONAS Racing team heads for the historic Italian circuit of Monza for the fourth round of the Superbike World Championship aiming to rectify recent results. Riders Garry McCoy and Steve Martin are...
FPR on points trail at Monza
The Foggy PETRONAS Racing team heads for the historic Italian circuit of Monza for the fourth round of the Superbike World Championship aiming to rectify recent results.
Riders Garry McCoy and Steve Martin are eager to reward the team's efforts with strong finishes in Sunday's two races after a frustrating start to the season.
The fastest circuit on the calendar, where speeds often top 300kmh, will provide an opportunity for further progress with the latest engine development for the PETRONAS FP1, which was first used in competition at the previous round.
Garry has a proven pedigree at Monza having finished last year's races in third and fourth place, although he was eventually awarded two third places following the disqualification of Chris Vermeulen. And FPR were also happy to record four top 10 finishes last year, a result that would be welcomed by team owner Carl Fogarty this year.
Foggy said: "It's a new weekend and we are starting off with a clean slate. We will need the extra top end power of our latest engine development, as Monza is the fastest circuit on the calendar. I think we will have a better package for Monza, as our team has had more time to map the new engine that we used at Valencia during qualifying. And Monza is one of the easier circuits for setting the bike up, so that should help us too. We are also hoping for a bit of luck, because we haven't had too much this season."
Garry said: "At the last two rounds it looked as though we had some potential but we came away with zero points on the board. The new engine specification has improved top end power and that is what is needed at Monza because, other than the few chicanes, you are always at the top end of the power curve. The set-up work that we carried out at Valencia should be useful and it is easier to set the bike up at Monza as the circuit is not so tight and twisty. I think it is a circuit that suits my riding style and I want to get some points in the bag. It sounds a bit of a tall order, but I am approaching this round hoping to be able to repeat my two thirds from last year."
Steve said: "I want to be comfortable with the way the bike is feeling at the rear on braking so we have some more set-up work to do in that area. I want the rear to slide progressively and spin smoothly. I also want to do more set-up work on old tyres, as I lost so much grip in the second race at Valencia. I have not had the best of luck at Monza in the past, but I have always been fast there so I am hoping I can turn the tables at this round."
Circuit information: Monza, Italy
Best lap: Neil Hodgson, 1:46.981 (Superpole, 2003)
Lap record (race): Troy Bayliss 1:47.434.913 (2002)
Pole position: Left
Circuit length: 5.793km
Corners: 5 left, 8 right
Corner radius: 610m maximum, 12.5m minimum
Maximum slope: 2.4 per cent