World Superbike round 4 / World Supersport round 3 - Sugo, Japan Tamada sets early pace at Sugo Honda youngster records best lap as World Superbike riders come to terms with the Sugo circuit and some fast, determined wild card riders in ...
World Superbike round 4 / World Supersport round 3 - Sugo, Japan
Tamada sets early pace at Sugo
Honda youngster records best lap as World Superbike riders come to terms with the Sugo circuit and some fast, determined wild card riders in round four of World Superbike championship. Champion Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda-Michelin) puts in a late burst on Michelin Superpole tyre to take sixth.
Young Honda rider Makoto Tamada, 24, set the qualifying target with the best lap in Fridayis one- hour, opening qualifying session for round four of the World Superbike Championship at Sugo in Japan.
Tamada led a provisional front row which includes his team-mate Shinichi Ito in second, Aprilia rider Troy Corser third and Tamaki Serizawa, on a Kawasaki, fourth.
Behind fifth-placed Gregorio Lavilla (Kawasaki) is Edwards who was not concerned by the early pace of the Japanese wild cards.
Edwards explained: "They can do whatever they want. Iim here trying to win Sundayis races not be fastest in the first practice. Weive made a lot of progress today and Iim confident I can get more from the Castrol Honda and the Michelin tyres in tomorrowis qualifying session."
Wataru Yoshikawa (Yamaha) and Akira Ryo (Suzuki) make up the provisional second row as wild card riders fill five of the first eight places on Friday evening at Sugo.
Relative newcomers to Sugois World Superbike event, Tady Okada (Castrol Honda - Michelin), championship leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) and Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) all languish just outside the top 10 heading into Saturdayis action at the tricky, undulating venue.
James Whitham and Yamaha team-mate Paolo Casoli lead the way after first qualifying for the third round of the World Supersport Championship as Pere Riba (Honda) and Piergiorgio Bontempi (Yamaha) fill third and fourth places on the provisional grid for Sundayis 25-lap race.
Ribais team-mate Fabien Foret heads the second row while Chris Vermeulen (Castrol Honda - Michelin Pilot) will be hoping to improve at the same rate on Saturday as he did during his Sugo debut on Friday. The young Australian set a best lap of 1m 37.713s in Friday morningis free practice before qualifying in a provisional 17th place, putting his Michelin Pilots to good use with a lap of 1m 34.837s.
Vittoriano Guareschi (Dienza Ducati Racing - Michelin Pilot) is 12th with last weekis Australian race winner Kevin Curtain (Honda BKM - Michelin Pilot) 13th.