WSS: Kyalami: Yamaha Saturday notes

Crutchlow takes well deserved fifth pole position start The first day of qualifying for the Supersport team saw Cal Crutchlow go straight to the top of the timings in the mid 1.41s. Halfway through the session Sofuoglu went .1 second faster than...

Crutchlow takes well deserved fifth pole position start

The first day of qualifying for the Supersport team saw Cal Crutchlow go straight to the top of the timings in the mid 1.41s. Halfway through the session Sofuoglu went .1 second faster than the Yamaha rider, and spent almost the entire remainder of the session at the top of the table with Crutchlow tucked in right behind with only the .1 second difference. Then, true to form, as the remaining seconds ticked down to end the session, Crutchlow came back out from his pit-stop and put down the perfect lap. Having familiarized himself with the circuit he chose the last minute to prove a point and prove it he did. As the session came to an end he went back out on a new tyre and got down to business, his pole scoring lap was nearly half a second ahead of second place rider Sofuoglu, and he was the only rider to break into the 1.40's. In doing so he broke Stephane Chambon's Supersport lap record for the circuit, held since 2002 by over 4.5 seconds.

Team-mate Fabien Foret had a more frustrating session. He was quick and on the pace for most of the lap but unfortunately he had a repeated missed gear in the final split, taking at least two tenths of a second off his times. As a result of this he ended the qualifying session in seventh position, trailing Crutchlow by just under a second.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team, (1st, 1'40.634)

"Overall it was a good session for us but we're still struggling a bit in a few areas. The lap times for everyone are pretty similar, I managed one really fast one at the end but it's going to be really close tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the race, I think Sofuoglu, Pitt and Laverty are going to be the biggest threat, so we'll see!"

Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team, (7th, 1'41.603)

"It was a tough session for me today. I managed to put yesterday behind me and was focused on moving up the timings but I kept getting a missed gear in the final section of the track. This cost me time every lap which unfortunately kept me off the front row of the grid for tomorrow's start. Hopefully we will resolve the problem by tomorrow so I can concentrate on the race."

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team

"Cal was out for quite a long time on the same tyres, then near the end he came in for a new rear and went back out and did it again. The pace of both the riders clearly shows there are no big problems tyre wise for us which is good for tomorrow. Fabien unfortunately had some difficulties in the last split with a repeated missed gear, so lost 2 tenths each lap. On the plus side, the race pace tomorrow will be 1.41s and he did a lot of them consistently in the session so we'll see what happens."

-credit: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Stephane Chambon , Fabien Foret , Cal Crutchlow