BARRIER 7 TENTHS AWAY FROM THE PROVISIONAL POLE POSITION Sylvain Barrier was today the fifth fastest on his Garnier Racing BMW, close to the leaders of this first timed practice session. Barrier and his team worked on the S 1000 RR to ...
BARRIER 7 TENTHS AWAY FROM THE PROVISIONAL POLE POSITION
Sylvain Barrier was today the fifth fastest on his Garnier Racing BMW, close to the leaders of this first timed practice session.
Barrier and his team worked on the S 1000 RR to improve it from the morning practice and the beginning of the session was good. With used tyres, he could do from the beginning the same times he did in the morning. Then it was time to use the new tyres and the result was positive with the fifth position.
This is a good result, but there is still room for improvement. Tomorrow should be faster.
The quickest time was for Antonelli (Honda) in front of the 2010 champion Badovini (BMW). Berger (Honda) was in third position in front of Zanetti (Ducati), the Italian being only 0.187 in front of Barrier.
Michel Garnier (team owner): "We still have a lot of work to do. This is the first timed session and we have to get better. We need a good result this weekend. We shall try to be in the top 3 tomorrow. Our bike can do it."
Sylvain Barrier: "This morning, we discovered that the compression unit of the shock was broken from the Silverstone crash. The balance of the motorcycle was not good. This afternoon, the bike was easier to use. We put two new tyres and changed a few settings. When I restarted, I was lacking grip in the rear, but I didn't have time to stop so I went like that. We have to find a better gearing and shock setting because I am losing grip sometime. All this will be taken care of by tomorrow morning."
The track with 174 curves
The architect Gustav Eichler designed this circuit, and the work began in September 1925. It was inaugurated on May 18, 1927 with 3 different layouts: The 28.265 km (17.563 miles long Gesamtstrecke ("Whole Course") consisted of 174 bends which in turn consisted of the 22.810 km Nordschleife ("Northern Loop"), and the 7.747 km Sudschleife ("Southern Loop"). The new Nurburgring was inaugurated on May 12, 1984, the track being 4.542 km long. Then it went to 4.556 km in 1995, to 5.145 in 2002, and 5.148 in 2003. There have been 14 West German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring between 1955 and 1990, the other races been held at Hockenheim and Solitude. There were also 3 German GPs from 1995 to 97.
This coming weekend, the track to be used is the "GP-track with motorcycle-chicane" which is 5.137 km long. It's the F1 track with the Mercedes Benz Arena, the Dunlop Kurve and the soft motorcycle version of the NGK Chikane.