FIVE IN A ROW FOR POLE MAN CHARPENTIER SÃ©bastien Charpentier will start tomorrow's fifth round World Supersport championship race at Silverstone, GB from pole position after setting the fastest time in today's final qualifying session, which...
FIVE IN A ROW FOR POLE MAN CHARPENTIER
Sébastien Charpentier will start tomorrow's fifth round World Supersport championship race at Silverstone, GB from pole position after setting the fastest time in today's final qualifying session, which was run in much cooler and windier conditions than yesterday. It marks the Frenchman's fifth consecutive pole start in this year's series and maintains his 100% record in qualifying.
Charpentier's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, was unable to improve his time from yesterday's qualifying session following a crash in this morning's free practice. The Japanese rider will start from sixth place on the grid for tomorrow's 28-lap race at the 3.56km International circuit at Silverstone.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That's five in a row for Sébastien and the impressive thing about today's performance was that he achieved pole position on his chosen race tyres. There may be a little fine tuning in tomorrow morning's warm-up but he is essentially ready for tomorrow's race. His lap times are really impressive given that fact that it is much colder and windier than yesterday. Kats was struggling a little after his crash this morning but I have no doubt he will bounce back tomorrow and be running at the front again."
Sébastien Charpentier - fastest, 1m28.750s
"For me everything is great. We made some chassis improvements from yesterday and I was able to go faster in spite of the conditions. I have been testing two slightly different engine set-ups today because we need a very strong mid-range here. Twice this afternoon I was going for even faster laps but I was held up by slower riders. But the chassis is good and I need to be comfortable because the race will be very hard tomorrow. The circuit is very bumpy and there is no chance to rest."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - sixth fastest, 1m29.911s
"I was trying a slightly different front fork setting this morning and lost the front in the fast left hander after Bridge. My left shoulder and arm are quite sore but otherwise I was OK. It made it difficult to go faster this afternoon, especially in the different conditions, but I will need a good start tomorrow so that I can run at the front again. I have the taste for winning after Monza and I want to win again here."
World Supersport, Silverstone - final qualifying times: 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1m28.750s, 2 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 1:28.792, 3 Craig Jones GBR (Honda) 1:29.580, 4 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 1:29.823, 5 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 1:29.874, 6 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:29.911, 7 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 1:29.920, 8 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 1:30.072, 9 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) 1:30.234, 10 Barry Veneman NED (Suzuki) 1:30.276.