WSS: Yamaha Vallelunga Saturday notes

Second Row of the Grid for Yamaha Parkes will start the penultimate round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship from the second row of the grid in fifth position following a challenging two days of qualifying. Parkes fared well in this ...

Second Row of the Grid for Yamaha

Parkes will start the penultimate round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship from the second row of the grid in fifth position following a challenging two days of qualifying.

Parkes fared well in this morning's free practice session, going second fastest 15 minutes in to the session. He remained in that position until the last two minutes when Brookes slid through in front of him. During qualifying Parkes showed improvement in his set-up to move from his provisional qualifying position of eighth to third before finally finishing in fifth.

British Superbike regular Tommy Hill had less fortune today, struggling with tyre choices in the morning practice. With this resolved for the afternoon's qualifying he went out looking to improve on his provisional fifth but he found himself tangled up with Nannelli early on. Despite the clash of bikes Hill kept the bike upright and put in a solid session to improve his time by over half a second. He starts tomorrow's race in 12th place.

Riding an R6 for the RG Team, Gianluca Vizziello followed up his impressive provisional second position by taking half a second off his best time to qualify in fourth. This is the young Italian's best qualifying position this season and makes him the top placed Yamaha rider on tomorrow's grid.

Massimo Roccoli continued to struggle with his throttle problems today and was only able to manage one place improvement to qualify in 10th. Britain's Craig Jones heads the grid for tomorrow's race, followed by Charpentier and Sofuoglu with Vizziello completing the front row line-up.

Broc Parkes (5th - 1'39.878 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"The qualifying session today went pretty well, better than yesterday. We changed some of the settings and the bike's coming together although it's not quite there yet. We've still got something up our sleeve to try in warm up tomorrow. The second row of the grid is not ideal by any stretch of the imagination but I don't see much of a difference between fourth and fifth really. It's going to be about getting a good start from where I am. Tomorrow's going to be a hard race but if we can get the set-up sorted it'll be a good one!"

Tommy Hill (12th - 1'40.351 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I'm far from happy with today's qualifying result. First of all I had a coming together with Nannelli - I don't know what he was doing. I came through the left/right section behind him and then all of a sudden he shut the throttle off at a point where you should have it pinned open. I had nowhere to go and we clashed but I managed to keep it upright and avoid his bike as it ran back across the track. The other issue was that we ran out of time to put in a flying lap on a fast tyre. I have chosen a tyre for tomorrow at least. We're not quite there on set-up - I'm in between gears in some places, which we need to resolve. We'll try some more changes in tomorrow morning's warm up session and hopefully get it all sorted. I'm not happy with my grid position but my times are consistent so I know if we can get it set up right and I can get a good start then I can make up some good places."

Massimo Roccoli (10th - 1'40.299 - Yamaha Team Italia)
"I had some problems making the best use of the softer rear tyre today. The bike is very aggressive here; my competitors are also very aggressive and it's very easy to lose time at this circuit. I hope to do better in the race and gain some positions with a good start tomorrow."

-credit: yrc

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Broc Parkes , Craig Jones , Tommy Hill , Gianluca Vizziello , Massimo Roccoli