Parkes on Pole and Foret third on the grid Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) saved his best for last in qualifying and powered his way to pole for an impressive fourth time in succession. His best time of 1'39.398 was fully 0.442 ahead...
Parkes on Pole and Foret third on the grid
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) saved his best for last in qualifying and powered his way to pole for an impressive fourth time in succession. His best time of 1'39.398 was fully 0.442 ahead of next best rider, Andrew Pitt. Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team) finished the day third on the combined timesheets, and now starts Sunday's 22-lap WSS race from the front row.
Parkes has been fast all weekend and put in a special effort on soft tyres near the end of the session to guarantee his optimum starting spot. Both Yamaha riders have won a race this year, Parkes in Losail and Foret in Monza, and now each has another genuine opportunity to add to their haul of trophies.
Track temperatures at the 4.226km Misano circuit were over 50 o.C again today, despite this each rider is confident that they have found a good race set-up and tyre selection.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) was held up in qualifying and could not make the most of his best chance to move up from the fourth row of the grid. David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) was 17th today, despite crashing at a key moment in qualifying.
Broc Parkes (1st - 1'39.398 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We had a really good pace all weekend. The bike's race set-up is good and we have been working on that since the last race in Germany, so we think we will be all set for tomorrow."
Fabien Foret (3rd - 1'40.011 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"A front row start is OK, and we will see how things work out tomorrow. I think most people are struggling with the heat. I wanted to find a perfect setting but it is very difficult in these conditions to get a perfect bike. It was not too bad near the end but in my best lap someone took my line and then I had to push in the very last lap, with no more chances left. I pushed, but not too much, to make sure I got a good lap time without too much risk. A front row start was our target and we hit it. Now we have to get a good start and see what happens."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"Broc was very good today, even better than yesterday. Fabien was held up by traffic, but he still did a 1'40 flat and is starting from the front row. I think Broc has a little better feeling on this track at the moment, and he's been safe, good and fast. Both riders are fast and fit, the tyres all seem good so we are not worried about doing 22 laps in very high temperatures tomorrow."
David Salom: (17th - 1'41.089 seconds - Yamaha Spain)
"I couldn't avoid crashing but fortunately I haven't injured myself and my bike is basically OK. This morning the free session was great but I couldn't improve my times this afternoon during the qualifying. With three minutes to go I tried to improve my time again but unfortunately I crashed. I think that tomorrow I'll be fighting to be in the top ten anyway."