Parkes Takes Pole With New Track Best Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) set a new track best at the 4.555km Assen circuit to take his first pole of the year, despite riding with a broken metacarpal bone in his left hand, sustained after...
Parkes Takes Pole With New Track Best
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) set a new track best at the 4.555km Assen circuit to take his first pole of the year, despite riding with a broken metacarpal bone in his left hand, sustained after a first day practice crash. Parkes set a 1'40.895 in what was a close final qualifying session, with a further 10 riders within one second of his new track best.
Parkes' team-mate Fabien Foret will line up on the front row also, having set fourth best time in the last qualifying session, only 0.293 seconds from Parkes. Foret had reverted to his pre-Assen testing set up to earn his best time of the weekend, with a 1'41.188. Both Yamaha World Supersport team riders have now set pole positions on the all-new Yamaha YZF-R6 machine, with Foret taking his pole prize at the opening round in Qatar.
Should raceday rain appear at Assen, all 36 riders in the WSS class will have some idea of the settings to use in wet conditions, as the unofficial practice session proved to be wet this morning. Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) was the next best placed R6 rider, pushing his machine into the top ten, even though he was not completely confident in his front end set-up during the dry final qualifying session.
Yamaha Spain riders Angel Rodriguez and David Salom were 12th and 13th respectively, with Rodriguez now on the third row of the grid and Salom the fourth.
Broc Parkes (1st - 1m 40.895 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I was happy to be on top yesterday and today it is a bonus again. The team had the bike absolutely right so I just rode it as well as I could. Tomorrow will be a different story maybe, as I have to do 21 laps with a broken hand, but we will see how it goes. I know I can ride, so tomorrow I will have a painkiller and get through it. Today I'm pumped because this is my first pole this year and normally I am not the greatest qualifier in the world. This is a great feeling."
Fabien Foret (4th - 1m 41.188 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"A front row start is what I could expect and it will be OK for the race. Hopefully tomorrow morning I will finalise a few things to make the bike a bit better for the race and make the ride more comfortable. My tyre choice has been made and we should be OK. The tyres are sliding a bit in these conditions but so is everyone else, it seems."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"This is the kind of pre-race result we should expect after testing here recently. The plan is working out well so far, but this championship is hard and it will be a tough job in the race tomorrow. Even with a broken hand Broc improved on his time from yesterday and got pole position. He felt confident and we didn't really touch the bike, he just went out and rode even better. Fabien is back to almost the same set-up he had before the test, after trying a few new things. It is important that he has a good base for all 21-laps, not, just one fast lap. You don't need to do low 1'41s all the time in the race it is just a question of finding the right balance. We learned a bit in the rain this morning, so we know where to improve the set-up if raceday is wet."
Massimo Roccoli (10th - 1'41.742 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"The second qualifying was difficult today because the condition of the track was different from yesterday. My concern was with the front set-up because it feels very light and halfway through the corner I don't feel I can open the throttle hard. The first split is OK but the last part of the track is where we are struggling for time. We will try another set-up in warm-up and maybe make the wheelbase shorter."
Angel Rodriguez: (12th - 1'41.992 seconds - Yamaha Spain)
"Today was fine with the wet track surface in the morning, but in the qualifying session I could not improve the time we achieved yesterday, because I tried some tyres and I didn't feel comfortable with them. We made some improvements in our suspension set up and tomorrow I hope to be in front; normally I start quite well."
David Salom: (13th - 1'42.097 seconds - Yamaha Spain)
"I rode faster than yesterday and today I felt more comfortable, even at a higher pace. That gave me confidence and in the last minutes of the session I started to be able to go fast. We know we have a good rhythm for tomorrow, somewhere between mid and high 1'42s. I hope to be fighting with the riders near the front."