Crutchlow secures second on the grid for Monza race day Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland put in an impressive performance in Superpole today, with Crutchlow just missing out on pole to start from the second position on the grid for...
Crutchlow secures second on the grid for Monza race day
Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland put in an impressive performance in Superpole today, with Crutchlow just missing out on pole to start from the second position on the grid for tomorrow's two World Superbike races. The young British rider passed through each heat comfortably, fastest in the second session with an impressive 1'42.255 lap on a used race tyre. The final heat saw him miss out on pole to Max Biaggi by less than a tenth of a second.
Team mate James Toseland was also on form, clearing Superpole one in fifth and Superpole two in fourth, only three tenths off Crutchlow. The final heat saw him heading for a front row start until a small mistake dropped a few tenths off his time, meaning he will start from seventh on the second row tomorrow.
The earlier qualifying session saw the riders work through and finalise their set ups. Toseland's heat was disrupted with a small technical problem, forcing him to return to the pits and head out on his second bike. Crutchlow finished in tenth, Toseland in 13th.
Cal Crutchlow Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team, (2nd, 1'42.154)
"It was a shame to miss out on pole by less than a tenth of a second but all credit to Max for a good lap. We seemed to do a very good lap in Superpole two on a seven lap old race tyre with a 42.2, then put two qualifiers in during the last session and I didn't feel like I had the same level of grip from them. It's going to be tough racing tomorrow, I'm looking forward to it and I think it'll be close. Being part of an Italian team and having our workshop literally a stone's throw from the Lesmo corner it's been good to deliver good results so far this weekend. They've put in a good effort, James has ridden to two fantastic podiums recently at Assen."
James Toseland James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team, (7th, 1'42.789)
"We used both our qualifiers in the second Superpole heat and unfortunately didn't have one for the last session, however I would have done a mid 42 but I made a mistake at Lesmo on my first lap, and being a race tyre I really needed to get it in on that lap so I lost a few tenths there. That would have put me on the front row, and to say you can get there on a race tyre is encouraging. We had a problem with an engine this morning in qualifying and a different gearbox in the other bike which meant we couldn't run with the best gearing in Superpole. If it can stay dry tonight then we can try a few things in tomorrow's warm up and I'm quietly confident we can do well in the races."
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager "To start our home race from the first and second row of the grid is a good result. For sure tomorrow we will enjoy two really good races here, there is a lot of fun to be had for the riders on the long straights. I'm confident that the set up is good for both riders so I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do tomorrow."