Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took the tenth pole position of his World Superbike career with a blistering lap of 1m25.449s at Brands Hatch, which becomes the Kent circuit's outright lap record. The Australian, who leads the championship by 73 points, will line up at the front of the grid for tomorrow's two races ahead of Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and the Honda Ten Kate duo of Karl Muggeridge and James Toseland. Italian team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi set his quickest time over the weekend in the one-lap dash and will start from the third row of the grid in eleventh position.
"I went a little bit wide on the first corner and just missed the line by a foot so the first split wasn't great and I was maybe a little bit nervous but I put the lap together and it all came good in the end so I'm pretty happy to be starting on pole position tomorrow" declared Troy. "Brands Hatch is a funny place, it's got lots of dips and bumps and you have to set the bike different to every other place and as a result your lap looks quite 'physical', but it does make for good racing and it should be a good day tomorrow. It's nice to be fastest and that's what everyone aims for, but a front row start here at Brands is always great. I took my second ever World Superbike win here in 2000 but that was a long time ago and I'd like to score a couple more tomorrow!"
"I did my quickest lap this weekend during the Superpole, but I had a bit of bad luck because we had to change the clutch before the session" commented Lorenzo. "It's not any excuse in any way but it made things a bit more difficult in Superpole. Today I really thought I could have got sixth or seventh place because I've always been more or less six tenths slower than Troy and with a time like that I could have got onto the second row. Starting from row 3 makes things a bit more difficult, hopefully I can get a good start because there are some tough guys to overtook ahead of me. However my race pace is good and I'm sure I can get two good results tomorrow."
Troy Corser - 5th, 1:6.00:
The only problem I had in Superpole was a bit of a slide which lost me three tenths of a second and once that happened I knew winning Superpole was gone. Strangely though, I'd rather be fifth on the grid than fourth because of the slope at Brands Hatch. Fifth is on the top part and the run to the first turn from there is much easier than from fourth. I've got a pretty good race set-up and know what we can do on race tyres, so now it's up to me to get a couple of good starts. If I can do that, I'm confident that I'll be fighting with the leaders.
Yukio Kagayama- 9th, 1:26 .560:
I am so angry not be on the font row of the grid because that was my intention. I felt a lot of pressure and a bit nervous on my Superpole lap. Ninth is not so bad as long as I make good starts because the position is on the top of the slope and better than eighth because that place is on the lower part of the grid. It's better to be high up on the grid for the charge down to turn one. My race set-up is ok and I know which tyres to use but we will try a very small adjustment in the morning warm-up tomorrow to alter the balance of the bike a little. That?s all.
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"It's been a bit of a rocky road coming back from when I busted my back. I didn't think it would take so long, but we seem to be finding some strength now, and I'm happy to be up there. It's nice to know that when it all goes the way we want it to, we can set competitive times like this."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"We were way down yesterday after starting with new settings from Brno, and it proved not to be the way to go. But we did well today, and in Superpole, and saw Karl's time and thought 'well done for that.' I knew I would have to set a 1'25 to stay on the front row and we did it, so I'm happy to be on the front row. It's vital to get away well here so I was over the moon to see I was in fourth place. Front row is paramount. We're still in this championship and I think it will be close tomorrow."
"The set-up of the
machine improved. I tried different tyres and 4 different set-up
solutions on the machine. Now it comes more and more the way it should
be alright. And I'm sure I m be able to do a 1'26 lap time and not only
a 1'27 as today.
Tomorrow we will try another front suspension solution, because we know
the right way now. And finally the machine responses as it should do. I
think more positive now. This morning I was really frustrated. But now
that the set-up improved and if the starts work well I should be rather
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia);
"The front row was our target so I am very happy with second because I made a mistake on my superpole lap when I grabbed too much brake and came out of the saddle. We have a very good setting and have been able to do two long race settings yesterday and today, so we know what tyres to use and how they are likely to work late in the race. Troy (Bayliss) is very fast but I think that tomorrow we will have the opportunity to go for the win. I am second in the championship but have not won a race yet, so I hope to fix this at Brands Hatch."
Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia);
"We made a few changes to the bike overnight and it didn't feel quite as good in the morning session. We changed some things around in he afternoon and I think we're in good shape for the race. I had a few slides on my superpole lap and that probably cost me some time but the second row's alright and I'm confident for the race."
Tommy Hill (Virgin Mobile Yamaha);
"It's great to be running up there with these top riders. I'm learning a lot. Following Corser I could see tyre smoke everywhere from him spinning it up, so I'm taking it in and trying to do the same. Superpole was also a good experience and I'm looking forward to the races. The support from the fans is great but I'm not feeling any pressure - I'll do my best and try to enjoy the racing."
Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France);
"My lap time is one-and-a-half seconds quicker than last year and I'm pleased to have made superpole and the progress we have made with the bike. There is still a little bit more work before we are ready for the race, but we are going in the right direction and I am confident of a good result tomorrow."
Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France);
"We tried some changes this morning but it was not really an improvement from yesterday. We improved the set-up in the afternoon and still have some things to try in the warm-up. This is the most difficult track of the year in terms of suspension settings so I hope we can find a good solution tomorrow."
- 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m25.449s
- 2. Haga (Yamaha) 1m25.857s
- 3. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m25.901s
- 4. Toseland (Honda) 1m25.933s
- 5. Corser (Suzuki) 1m26.000s
- 6. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m26.291s
- 7. Laconi (Kawasaki) 1m26.323s
- 8. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m26.542s