Phillip Island: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

Toseland records fastest qualifying lap for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda James Toseland opened the second round of the 2007 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in spectacular style today. The former World Superbike Champion recorded...

Toseland records fastest qualifying lap for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

James Toseland opened the second round of the 2007 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in spectacular style today. The former World Superbike Champion recorded the fastest lap in the first qualifying session - more than half a second quicker than his nearest competitor.

Despite high temperatures and the slippery track surface, Toseland was on great form from the off. He came in second fastest in morning free practice just 0.082 seconds behind Troy Bayliss. The British rider then defeated the Australian on his home turf to secure the best lap of 1'32.040 - 0.4 seconds inside the official race lap record for the 4.445km track.

Toseland's team-mate Roberto Rolfo started the day well and secured some excellent lap times in free practice during the morning. He showed that he is still improving and looked set to secure a top ten position on the qualifying time sheets. As the temperatures rose in the afternoon, the first half of the session went according to plan, but the final 20 minutes saw Rolfo unable to pass a pack of slower riders. His final time was 1'33.865 for 14th position on the results table.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"It's been a good day for James here at Phillip Island. He was already fast this morning and his consistency is very good. Now we just have to work on the small details to get the bike ready for the race and make James' life as easy as possible. Roby kicked off very well this morning and we were very happy with his times in the practice. It's just a shame that during the qualifying he got stuck during his last laps behind some slow traffic. We know there is more to come from him tomorrow and he is only half a second from where we want him to be."

James Toseland:

"It's been a great day. I've had in the back of my mind all day that I wanted to be quickest - it's my manager's birthday today and I can't think of a better present for him! I knew as soon as I went out this morning that the bike was working really well. We had a great setting on the bike during the test in January so I knew we were starting from a good point. To finish 0.6 seconds ahead is a pretty good gap. I don't want to peak too early, but so far so good."

Roberto Rolfo:

"I don't feel too bad because this morning's session went very well, I was very quick. For the afternoon it went well for the first half of qualifying as I tried to improve the race set-up of the bike. Unfortunately at the end I was in the wrong place at the wrong time because there some slower riders in front of me. I tried to overtake but it was not easy and I lost my last part of the session. I think tomorrow I get do a lot better."

-credit: htkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , James Toseland , Roberto Rolfo , Phillip Island