Monza: Kawasaki Supersport Saturday report

World Supersport Championship Round 5 - Monza, Italy 11 May 2002 - Saturday Practice & Qualifying Third and fourth row for Fuchs Kawasaki pair. A bitterly disappointed Andrew Pitt will start tomorrow's 16-lap Supersport race from the third row...

World Supersport Championship
Round 5 - Monza, Italy
11 May 2002 - Saturday Practice & Qualifying

Third and fourth row for Fuchs Kawasaki pair.

A bitterly disappointed Andrew Pitt will start tomorrow's 16-lap Supersport race from the third row of the grid, after qualifying eleventh fastest at Monza this afternoon.

With damp patches still evident on the track surface, especially at the entry to the Lesmo curve, Pitt waited until the final ten minutes of the session before heading out to start his flying laps, hoping the track surface would have improved slightly. Unfortunately for the Fuchs Kawasaki rider, a number of his championship rivals had also decided on the same strategy and he was unable to find a clear space in which to set about bettering his previous time.

'It was real busy on the circuit in the last part of the session, and that cost me dear,' said a disconsolate Pitt. 'I hung back a couple of times to make some space, but it just never seemed to appear. I tried as hard as I could to put in a good lap right at the end, but I was running up behind slower riders at almost every turn and that lost me a lot of time. I'm disappointed, but it could have been a lot worse... Then again, it could also have been a lot better.'

'I was actually quicker in the race at Monza last year than I have been in qualifying today, so I know I can go quick here but starting from the third row of the grid is never easy; especially with the tight chicane bunching the whole field up at the end of the start finish straight. I'll need to make a few places off the line but, if I can tag onto the back of the leading group early on, than I'm confident that I'll be there for the last lap battle for the race win,' continued the Australian.

Eighth quickest in this morning's wet free practice, James Ellison will start from the fourth row of the grid tomorrow, after qualifying in thirteenth position during this afternoon's 45 minute final qualifying session.

'The guys in the team have done a fantastic job rebuilding the bike that I crashed yesterday,' commented Ellison. 'Dry set-up time has certainly been limited this weekend, but having two bikes to work with again today has meant that we've been able to find settings that will work well in a dry race tomorrow. We already had a good wet set-up, so we're sorted whatever happens tomorrow. The fourth row isn't the ideal place to be starting a Supersport race from but, if I can get a good start and put in a fast first lap, then I'm pretty confident of improving on my qualifying position in the race.'

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , James Ellison