Valencia: Ten Kate Honda Saturday report

A wet day in Valencia for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Following a wet second day of World Superbike qualifying at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland will start tomorrow's 23-lap race from the second...

A wet day in Valencia for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

Following a wet second day of World Superbike qualifying at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland will start tomorrow's 23-lap race from the second row of the grid. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo qualified in seventeenth position for a fifth row place.

Both riders performed well in this morning's second qualifying session, which was declared wet from the start. Each set a fastest lap a piece before Rolfo settled in fourth place and Toseland in sixth. However, the rainy conditions meant the existing best lap times were unbeaten and the Superpole entrants were determined by yesterday's results.

As the intermittent rain continued, the Superpole was also declared wet and all 16 riders took to the 4km track for a 50-minute session of 12 timed laps. The ever-changing track conditions resulted in a frustrating end to the day for Toseland. He recorded the fifth best lap time and a place off the front row of the grid for the first time this year.

His team-mate Roberto Rolfo qualified in seventeenth place and therefore did not take part in the Superpole session. However, the Italian's performance in the earlier free practice and qualifying session has given the team high hopes that he can turn his fortunes around in tomorrow's race.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"Wet Superpole is always an event of its own. It's a pity that we just missed out on the front row because James has always been in the front row up until now. We have actually made a huge step forward in rainy conditions with the machinery. Now we can match the pace of the front runners. It upsetting for Roby that he missed out on the Superpole after the bad day yesterday. In today's wet conditions he has really proved his capabilities. Now we just have to wait and see what the weather will bring tomorrow, but either way we are ready."

James Toseland:

"It's been a frustrating day for all of the team today. The track conditions kept changing all the time and the timing in Superpole was everything. I'm starting from the second row for the first time this year and I can't say I'm happy about that, but tomorrow is another day so let's see what it brings!"

Roberto Rolfo:

"I am disappointed again today to not have taken part in the Superpole, but there was no way to beat the times set yesterday in the dry. Despite all this, I actually had a good feeling on the bike today. I was in the top four in the second qualifying session, so if the conditions are similar tomorrow as they are forecast to be, I think I have a good chance of success."

-credit: htkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Roberto Rolfo