Valencia: Yamaha Saturday notes

Spies takes incredible third consecutive pole in Valencia In a drama filled day of incidents Ben Spies again proved his incredible riding skills, taking his third consecutive pole position start in the 2009 championship and smashing the Ricardo...

Spies takes incredible third consecutive pole in Valencia

In a drama filled day of incidents Ben Spies again proved his incredible riding skills, taking his third consecutive pole position start in the 2009 championship and smashing the Ricardo Tormo lap record in the process. Spies was the fastest rider in the morning qualifying session with a time of 1'34.709, team-mate Sykes was slower onto the pace, qualifying in 16th position. Spies is the first rider to score three consecutive poles at the beginning of the World Championship season since Scott Russell in 1994.

Spies bike suffered a fault at the end of the second Superpole, leaving him no choice but to head out on the back-up bike for the final session. The different bike set-up proved to be a winning combination, Spies set a blistering pace and qualified on pole position with a time of 1'33.270, setting a new lap record in the process. The Superpole session did not go so well for team-mate Sykes, he initially qualified in 6th position on race tyres however as other riders changed to qualifiers he was bumped down the field with no time to go out again.

Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (1st, 1'33.270)

"The first session was good for us. We still have some things we're working through but even now the race pace seems good and we seem fast and that's what matters. Superpole was good, we went out and got through the first two sessions and was going well until the end of the second session when we had a problem with the bike and had to switch to the back-up bike. When I got out there I knew the set-up was good and actually think we've found something for the race tomorrow. Obviously we don't get points for pole but it's good to get three in a row. I guess in the end it's about having a couple more feet on everyone else just for that start. "

Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team, (17th, 1'35.203)

"This morning was a steady session because we had some things to work out. I shouldn't really have been that low on the Superpole, I started on a race tyre and had an ok time and thought I was quite safe in the top six, unfortunately the other riders switched to qualifiers. It's difficult because now you can get stuck behind riders in the race that you wouldn't normally be behind and wouldn't be a problem. So we've got a lot of work to do tomorrow, I was hoping we were going to have a good position to start but it doesn't look that way now."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"we had a good result one side of the garage, the other side a bit less. Unfortunately Tom lost the ability to do the2nd and 3rd superpole sessions. Ben did a really good lap, he broke the old lap record and he also had a really good race pace. As usual we will make some more changes overnight and check everything in the morning ready to race."

-credit: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Scott Russell , Ben Spies , Tom Sykes