Second row for Curtain in title decider Championship leader Kevin Curtain will start tomorrow's final round of the Supersport World Championship from the head of the second row after failing to improve his time in a rain-affected final...
Second row for Curtain in title decider
Championship leader Kevin Curtain will start tomorrow's final round of the Supersport World Championship from the head of the second row after failing to improve his time in a rain-affected final qualifying session at Magny Cours today.
The Australian Yamaha Motor Germany rider, who needs to finish eighth or higher in the 22 lap race to win the title, was looking to improve upon his 1:43.765 lap from Friday when a light rain fell - curtailing any opportunity to move up to the front row.
Ahead of Curtain will be two other YZF-R6s, with his Yamaha Motor Germany team-mate Broc Parkes an impressive third at the circuit where he scored his first race win in the class. The 24-year-old improved his Friday time by almost a second before the rain arrived, moving him up from sixth on the provisional grid. Joining Parkes on the front row will be will be Yamaha GMT94's David Checa. The Spaniard, who has completed hundreds of laps of the circuit in endurance racing, was another overnight improver.
Massimo Roccoli will start the race from eighth position on the Yamaha Team Italia entry, with team-mate Gianluca Vizziello 12th after failing to improve his time.
Pole position goes to Sebastien Charpentier (Honda), with his team-mate Kenan Sofuolu in second position.
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Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time 1 Sebastien Charpentier Honda FRA 1'42.506 2 Kenan Sofuoglu Honda TUR 1'43.097 3 Broc Parkes Yamaha AUS 1'43.514 4 David Checa Yamaha ESP 1'43.763 5 Kevin Curtain Yamaha AUS 1'43.765 6 Katsuaki Fujiwara Honda JPN 1'44.032 7 Gianluca Nannelli Ducati ITA 1'44.170 8 Massimo Roccoli Yamaha ITA 1'44.238 9 Johan Stigefelt Honda SWE 1'44.367 10 Stephane Chambon Kawasaki FRA 1'44.371 11 Robbin Harms Honda DNK 1'44.430 12 Gianluca Vizziello Yamaha ITA 1'44.452 13 Fabien Foret Kawasaki FRA 1'44.553 14 Mauro Sanchini Yamaha ITA 1'44.556 15 William De Angelis Honda ITA 1'44.638 16 Simone Sanna Honda ITA 1'44.718 17 Barry Veneman Suzuki NED 1'45.044 18 Kai Borre Andersen Suzuki NOR 1'45.081 19 Didier Van Keymeulen Yamaha BEL 1'45.176 20 Yoann Tibero Honda FRA 1'45.199 21 Christian Zaiser Ducati AUT 1'45.296 22 Chris Peris Yamaha CAN 1'45.299 23 David Perret Kawasaki FRA 1'45.616 24 Gregory Leblanc Honda FRA 1'45.765 25 Vesa Kallio Yamaha FIN 1'45.800 26 Alessio Velini Yamaha ITA 1'45.821 27 Miguel Praia Honda POR 1'45.892 28 Arie Vos Honda NED 1'45.910 29 Stuart Easton Ducati GBR 1'46.139 30 Alessio Corradi Yamaha ITA 1'46.158 31 Tom Tunstall Honda GBR 1'46.287