BUSY FIRST DAY FOR DONI TATA PRADITA It was a hard working day for the young Indonesian rider, trying to find the right set-up for his Yamaha R6. He progressed all day long and tomorrow looks promising. Doni Tata Pradita rode for the...
BUSY FIRST DAY FOR DONI TATA PRADITA
It was a hard working day for the young Indonesian rider, trying to find the right set-up for his Yamaha R6. He progressed all day long and tomorrow looks promising.
Doni Tata Pradita rode for the first time today on the Doha track in the Supersport class and with Pirelli tyres. He had some prior experience of the circuit in the GP 250 class, but the Supersport category is completely different. In the free practice session in the morning, he spent some time finding the right settings for the chassis.
In the afternoon, he did a lot of work again and clearly progressed. The evolution is positive and a good result can be expected tomorrow for the second qualifying practice session.
The quickest bikes were the two Yamaha R6s of team mates Cal Crutchlow and Fabien Foret. The Frenchman was leading the race last year when he ran out of fuel in the last lap.
Doni Tata Pradita: "The qualifying practice in the afternoon was better than the free practice in the morning. I had some early handling problems. The qualifying session was difficult in the beginning but then we put a better tyre that gave more grip. Unfortunately, the time ran out because the session is short. We still have some problems with the final ratio, I have to use too many RPMs, and so we will change the setting for tomorrow. Today, I am not sure I am happy with the result."
Martial Garcia (team manager): "Doni is 3 seconds off the provisional pole position, so this is satisfying for the first day. We need to find a better set-up for the chassis. We are not yet happy with the final ratio of the transmission. Maybe we will put it a little bit longer for tomorrow."
The circuit features 16 bends (10 right, 6 left) and is 5380 m long, 12 m wide. The main straight is 1068 m long. This will be the fifth time the WSBK championship comes to this circuit, which was opened in July 2004. It was built in about two years at a cost of around $58 million. A special lighting equipment was used last year for the first time ever for the Grand Prix of Qatar.