NORIYUKI HAGA (DUCATI XEROX) AND THE DUCATI 1198 TO START FROM THE FRONT ROW TOMORROW AT LOSAIL Losail (Qatar), Friday 13th March: After another challenging day on track at the International Circuit of Losail in Qatar, the Ducati Xerox ...
NORIYUKI HAGA (DUCATI XEROX) AND THE DUCATI 1198 TO START FROM THE FRONT ROW TOMORROW AT LOSAIL
Losail (Qatar), Friday 13th March: After another challenging day on track at the International Circuit of Losail in Qatar, the Ducati Xerox rider Noriyuki Haga earned a well-deserved place on the front row of tomorrow's grid, concluding a closely fought Superpole with the fourth fastest time of the day on board his factory Ducati 1198. Yamaha's Ben Spies dominated today's sessions to take the Superpole, closely followed by Smrz on Team Guandalini's Ducati 1098 and by Biaggi (Aprilia) who has done well at this track in the past.
Noriyuki's Italian team-mate Michel Fabrizio will line up in tenth position on the grid after having made a small mistake during what needed to be his fastest lap in the second Superpole session.
Both Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki and Michel continued to struggle throughout today's sessions with major problems due to lack of rear grip. Nevertheless, in the second qualifying session this morning, Michel was able to improve slightly on the time he set yesterday to qualify in seventh place for the afternoon's Superpole. Team-mate Noriyuki fought a losing battle during the morning and concluded the qualifying sessions in fifteenth position, making up for this however in the Superpole that followed.
Noriyuki Haga 1m57.8s
"I am very happy to be on the front row of the grid tomorrow, a big improvement on my grid position in Phillip Island! We have had some problems today and yesterday with the rear grip but we think that we have found a way forward for tomorrow's races. Tomorrow will be tough, not just for me but for all of us, and so to be able start from the front row will of course be an advantage."
Michel Fabrizio 1m58.9s
"I unfortunately made a small error while making the fast lap in the second Superpole session. At the penultimate corner I was in the wrong gear, I should have been in second when I was instead in third and I know I lost a few tenths during that split as a result. Although I had time to make one further lap the tyre was already gone. I had at least hoped to get into the top eight but it was that mistake that cost me a place further forward on the grid. Anyway I will do my best tomorrow, as always, and hope that is enough."