WSS: Imola: Yamaha Supersport Saturday notes

Crutchlow scores incredible ninth pole position of the year Despite two crashes this weekend Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow continued to show the devastating pace that has taken him to the top of the championship standings. A bad...

Crutchlow scores incredible ninth pole position of the year

Despite two crashes this weekend Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow continued to show the devastating pace that has taken him to the top of the championship standings. A bad tyre choice in today's qualifying resulted in a small crash, however the unhurt Crutchlow was able to rejoin and get back on the pace with a change of rubber. He spent the duration of the session as the fastest rider, dropping to second towards the end of the as Sofuoglu laid down a fast 1'51.2 lap. As the seconds ticked to end the qualifying Crutchlow sent a clear message with his Yamaha R6, putting down a supersonic final lap of 1'50.6 to take his ninth pole of the season, over half a second clear of second placed Sofuoglu and two seconds clear of championship rival Eugene Laverty, starting from the second row in seventh.

Crutchlow's team mate Fabien Foret improved on his set up from yesterday's session, putting in consistently fast race pace laps to end in eighth position and earning a second row grid start for tomorrow's Supersport race.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (1st, 1'50.680)

"It's been not the best day, two crashes in one day isn't great, however I think we've got the pace to win and I think we actually don't need to go as fast as we thought we did to win the race. We'll see tomorrow. I'm not worried about winning by a massive margin tomorrow as there's no point, we don't need to. I crashed twice with a new tyre we were trying today so we won't be using that one again. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race, hopefully we can keep winning."

Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (8th, 1'52.789)

"Today was better for me than yesterday. I'm still not completely happy with the feel of the bike, the set up we found at the test is not working so well now the track is different. It's frustrating to be on the second row again as I will have to fight my way through the pack to get to the front. I think from today I know I have a good race pace so I should be able to fight for a podium if I get a good start."

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager

"The grip was a lot better today than yesterday but still the bike doesn't feel the same as it did when we tested here. First row for Cal and second row for Fabien is not a bad position to start tomorrow. I think for Fabien he's a real Sunday man and he'll improve tomorrow and fight for the front. It's a pity Cal fell off twice today but his last lap showed he's got the speed and wasn't scared by the crashes, he knew exactly what went wrong. To do a last lap like that was pretty impressive, add to that his main competitor is nearly two seconds behind means we can look forward to tomorrow's race."

-credit: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Fabien Foret , Eugene Laverty , Cal Crutchlow