CHARPENTIER SETS BRANDS HATCH PACE World Supersport championship leader, SÃ©bastien Charpentier, was straight back into his dominant form today, setting the fastest time in the opening qualifying session for Sunday's eighth round race at Brands...
CHARPENTIER SETS BRANDS HATCH PACE
World Supersport championship leader, Sébastien Charpentier, was straight back into his dominant form today, setting the fastest time in the opening qualifying session for Sunday's eighth round race at Brands Hatch in the UK.
After early morning rain affected this morning's free practice session, a dry track this afternoon also allowed Charpentier's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, to take a provisional front row slot with the fourth fastest time.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Another strong qualifying performance from Sébastien has underlined his recent good form. Although the conditions were the same for everyone, he adapted well to the cool and overcast conditions to set another impressive lap time. I'm also very pleased with Katsuaki's performance after his long lay off through injury and taking part in the Suzuka 8-hour race last weekend. He struggled a little in the wet this morning but, as soon as the track dried, he quickly found his pace. It's good to have him back with the team and especially on the provisional front row."
Sébastien Charpentier - fastest, 1m29.174s
"For me it's been a good day - just very relaxed and working my way back into a good rhythm. We changed the front settings a bit to deal with the dip at the bottom of Paddock Hill but the bike is still not perfect. It was not so easy in the rain this morning so hopefully we'll get some good weather tomorrow to keep improving the set-up and I'm confident of being able to do a 28.5s lap or better. The important thing is to get a good setting that will put me in a position for another win on Sunday."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - fourth fastest, 1m30.410s
"It felt very strange this morning riding the CBR600RR again after such a long time away and spending so much time on Michelins with the HRC Fireblade at Suzuka. I went out in the wet first thing using settings from Phillip Island but, when the track dried this afternoon, I was able to make the adjustment and begin to feel comfortable again. The front is still pushing a little in some places here and we are still playing with the gearing but we have tomorrow to try some more changes and improve everything."
World Supersport, Brands Hatch - provisional qualifying times: 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1m29.174s, 2 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 1:30.034, 3 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) 1:30.387, 4 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:30.410, 5 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 1:30.424, 6 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 1:30.472, 7 Cal Crutchlow GB (Honda) 1:30.536, 8 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) 1:30.627, 9 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 1:30.838, 10 Michel Lagrive BEL (Suzuki) 1:31.080.