Valencia: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

TOSELAND THE TOP HONDA RIDER AT VALENCIA James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia as the fastest CBR1000RR Honda rider on show, despite knowing beforehand that Valencia would be one of the ...

TOSELAND THE TOP HONDA RIDER AT VALENCIA

James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia as the fastest CBR1000RR Honda rider on show, despite knowing beforehand that Valencia would be one of the main challenges encountered during his 2006 World Championship campaign. After a day spent testing settings and working on race set-up, the 2004 champ sits 11th on the time sheets.

Acting as stand in for regular team rider Karl Muggeridge at this race, Giovanni Bussei (Winston ten Kate Honda) had his first ride on the CBR1000RR in the morning untimed session, before setting 25th fastest time out of 33 entrants. It was the Italian riders first outing since the final race of 2005, and he spent the day easing himself back up to full racing speed

With the threat of rain a constant concern to all the riders at Valencia, the afternoon qualifying session was a tense affair, and the weather predictions for the entire weekend allow for the possibility of rain at any stage.

Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager

"Not an easy day for us. This morning, at the beginning of the session, and again this afternoon, we encountered the same problems as we had in our recent tests here. Towards the end we changed things a little bit and made some steps forward. We can improve tomorrow for sure. Giovanni is taking it step-by-step, and I am really pleased that he is approaching it, having been off a bike since Magny Cours last year. That's a long time to be out, but he is doing well so far, constantly improving. If it is dry again tomorrow he will improve quite a bit, I'm sure of it."

James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(11th position -- 1'36.116)

"Not such an easy day but basically because we have been testing things we did not get the chance to at the Misano test we missed. Not new parts or anything, just a different setting to solve a problem we have. We have tried a lot of things here and one bike is quite a lot different to the other bike, just to see how this affects the problem we have. We tried another tyre which proved to be better, and a new rear shock as well, and the final time was nearly a second faster. But I am not so sure how much was in the tyre and how much in the rear shock. It was one of those days where we had to try a lot of things, even if we didn't have much success with most of them. At the end were doing consistently good lap times, and we have a pretty good base to work on for tomorrow, when I'm sure we can erase all the things from today. Our position in the times does not tell you where we really stand and I feel quite comfortable with our settings."

Giovanni Bussei -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(25th position -- 1'37.520)

"That was not so easy, and it has been quite along time for me without riding a race bike. So coming here in Valencia, where all the riders tested quite recently, was not so easy. This morning I was just trying to get comfortable as I built up speed. We looked for balance on the bike and we found some good improvements. I hope that it will not rain tomorrow, so that I can continue to improve. I look forward to being competitive on Sunday, although it is not going to be simple. But this afternoon was a lot more comfortable than this morning."

-wtkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Giovanni Bussei , Karl Muggeridge