WSS: YZF Yamaha Utah Friday notes

A LOT OF EMOTIONS FOR DONI TATA PRADITA! An engine problem and then a crash didn't really help the young Yamaha Indonesia rider in the beginning of the day. But he overcame brilliantly all these obstacles to finish 16th of the second free ...

A LOT OF EMOTIONS FOR DONI TATA PRADITA!

An engine problem and then a crash didn't really help the young Yamaha Indonesia rider in the beginning of the day. But he overcame brilliantly all these obstacles to finish 16th of the second free practice session.

The first free practice session started well for Doni, with good lap times, but an engine problem slowed his progression. In the beginning of the second session, he had a little crash but restarted immediately. Then he went faster and faster all the time, finally scoring the 16th position by himself, without following any other rider.

He is with a group of really fast riders like West, Lagrive, Veneman, Vizziello and Roccoli. This is a very impressive performance for Doni who discovers the track and who showed a very strong mental potential when the early disappointments did not affect him. This is positive for the rest of the weekend.

Spaniard Joan Lascorz was the fastest on his Kawasaki, in front of Eugene Laverty on a Honda and Fabien Foret on a Yamaha. The weather was hot (33o.) and there are some possibilities of rain for tomorrow.

Doni Tata Pradita: "The conditions were strange, with a strong wind and a dirty track. The first session was OK. I tried hard in the second session from the beginning. I gave my maximum but I crashed. The track was dirty. When I switched off the gas throttle, the wind blew me away and I went flying! I came back in a hurry to the pits to fix the bike. We changed the suspension setting, and also the sprocket because of the strong wind. It was better but I didn't feel very comfortable. I hope tomorrow will be better. The bike set up is not perfect yet. The result, with the 16th position, is not so bad. It was difficult to make this time, I had to push hard."

Martial Garcia (team manager): "Despite the problems he went through, Doni proved that he can adapt very quickly to a new track. He was fast today and his regular progression is very impressive. He is now with a group of quality riders and that shows the great progress that he has made since the beginning of the season. I have good hopes for this weekend."

Miller Motorsports Park: the track

The road course used for the World Supersports is the "Outer course" which is 4.907 kilometres long. It is very wide, from 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 metres). The main straight is 3500 feet long (1.050 km) and 50 feet wide. An interesting corner is the final turn, a 50-foot-wide, nine-degree banked sweeper that leads onto the main straight. The heaviest-braking and slowest corner on the track, turn W5 also called "Black Rock Hairpin", has a 45-foot-wide entrance that encourages overtaking. While the track is basically flat, Miller Motorsports Park's design incorporates several significant elevation changes in order to add character, challenge and unparalleled sightlines for spectators.

-credit: yzf

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Fabien Foret , Joan Lascorz