PROVISIONAL PLACES ON THE FRONT ROWS FOR NORIYUKI HAGA AND MICHEL FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 27th February: the World Superbike riders completed the first qualifying session of the 2009 season this afternoon at...
PROVISIONAL PLACES ON THE FRONT ROWS FOR NORIYUKI HAGA AND MICHEL FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX)
Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 27th February: the World Superbike riders completed the first qualifying session of the 2009 season this afternoon at Phillip Island in hot and humid conditions, with track temperatures in the low forties.
Both Ducati Xerox factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio registered consistently fast laps on their Ducati 1198 machines throughout the day, to conclude today's proceedings in second and seventh place respectively. The only really difficulty faced by the riders in red was tyre-wear due to the elevated temperatures in the afternoon. As expected there were many fast riders on track today with the first eleven lapping in under 1m33s, despite the conditions.
The Ducati Xerox squad declared that a very positive start has been made here today although Noriyuki, Michel and their teams hope for slightly cooler temperatures for the second qualifying session of tomorrow morning and for Sunday's races too.
Noriyuki Haga 1m32.5s
"This morning we checked that everything was still ok after the tests and we modified one bike slightly, with good results. This afternoon I completed a long run of about fifteen laps but the tyres were a problem as they began to wear after a while because of course it was very hot. Having said that, the feeling I have with the bike is very good and so far I'm happy with my performance and with the bike's setting. We hope it will be cooler tomorrow and on Sunday and I should be able to improve on my qualifying times but I think that on Sunday everything will depend on the temperature, the weather and on the tyres..."
Michel Fabrizio 1m32.9s
"We tried the race tyre and set-up today and I would say that we are up to race pace. I went quite well on the same tyre that Nori was using and didn't have too much difficulty but, having said that, I didn't complete a long-run as he did and so I can't predict the tyre-wear if it were to be this hot for Sunday's races. Tomorrow morning should be cooler and so in the second qualifying I want to be faster. I still have tyres at my disposition and so I'm feeling quite confident about being able to achieve that goal in the morning."