Foggy builds on Qatar opener foundations Carl Fogarty is confident that his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team can build on the foundations laid at the first round of the Superbike World Championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Steve Martin was ...
Foggy builds on Qatar opener foundations
Carl Fogarty is confident that his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team can build on the foundations laid at the first round of the Superbike World Championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar.
Steve Martin was denied a double points-scoring weekend when an engine failure on the penultimate lap of the second race denied him the chance to repeat his first race position of 15th.
Team-mate Garry McCoy also narrowly missed out on the points in both races, following up his first race 17th position with 16th place in the afternoon race.
Steve had worked his way up from a grid position of 20th to lie 16th when the rain brought out the red flag after ten laps of the first race. But a poor start to the second section of the race hindered further significant progress. Garry, however, took advantage of the restart to make ground and finish the final eight laps in 14th position, but 17th on the aggregate times.
Carl said: "I thought it would be a struggle to gain points here as the boys haven't had too much time on the bike and because of the new depth to the championship. It was a bit of a dampener for Steve to break down because to have scored points in both races would have been okay, although it's not where I want us to be. We now have a lot of good things to test at Valencia and Phillip Island and I am looking forward to the next round. I was also pleased to see Troy win the first race, although it was no real surprise."
Steve said: "It was a shame not to finish the second race as I really earned that point but I am really happy with the way the bike is handling. I can't really say that it has been a bad weekend and I am really looking forward to our next two tests. I got a great start and was carving through people on the first lap of the second race. I got into a good rhythm and was then fending them off for the whole race. At the restart of the first race I got behind a train of guys and was then stuck behind Nieto, who made it very difficult for me to get past. Once I passed him I was able to close the others down but not able to get past Garry."
Garry said: "I am pretty happy because at least we got to finish both races and gather as much information as possible. I am sure we will have a forward direction on the bike with the new things that we have to test in Valencia. It's hard to get a good start with so many guys in front of you and I pretty much sat where I was after that in the second race. I still had a little bit of a clutch problem and that upsets the chassis. The first part of the first race was really difficult. The clutch was slipping way too much and I had to brake without any engine braking. I went in a different direction for the restart and knew I would have too much grab, which tends to lock up the rear wheel. I also suffered chatter at the front and couldn't really keep any corner speed. But it was good to go out and mix it with the guys and find all these things from pushing harder."
Race two results, Superbike World Championship round one, Qatar: 1 Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona); 2 Laconi +2.454; 3 Corser +5.959; 4 Vermeulen +7.245; 5 Chili +8.600; 6 Toseland +8.601; 7 Abe +9.731; 8 Neukirchner +11.501; 9 Pitt +11.790; 10 Gimbert +11.808; 11 Haga +21.364; 12 Lanzi +25.875; 13 Nieto +34.084; 14 Bussei +34.119; 15 Sanchini +47.446; 16 McCoy (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +48.647
Race one results: 1 Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona); 2 Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona) +3.065; 3 Laconi (Ducati Xerox) +3.496; 4 Pitt (Yamaha Italia) +14.714; 5 Haga (Yamaha Italia) +20.300; 6 Toseland (Ducati Xerox) +20.562; 7 Silva (La Glisse) +22.031; 8 Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate) +22.188; 9 Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate) +26.929; 10 Abe (Yamaha France) +27.231; 15 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +49.673; 17 McCoy (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +1.01.558