Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) continued his impressive weekend form at the Lausitzring when he claimed his fourth Superpole of the year and the eleventh in his World Superbike career. Troy set the quickest time ever recorded around the German track (1m37.623s) in the morning's qualifying session, and was then the only rider to dip under the 1 minute 38 second mark in the one-lap dash as he edged championship rivals Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and James Toseland (Honda) into second and third place. Andrew Pitt completed the front row for Yamaha, just ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) in fifth.
"The whole weekend's been going very well so far and I'm feeling pretty confident on the bike" declared Troy. "I wanted to do a good Superpole lap, safe and in control and it turned out like that, even though I felt it wasn't a great lap. I really enjoy riding at the Lausitzring, it's a real physical track, we've done the test here a month or so ago and we know what tyre to use with all the track temperatures. It would be nice to get maximum points tomorrow but I'm approaching this weekend just like every other weekend and the plan is to win as always. The most important thing is to get through the first few laps and then we will see".
Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi, ninth after the regular two qualifying sessions, produced a good performance in Superpole to move up four places and he will start from row 2.
"I am very pleased with my Superpole lap" declared Lorenzo. "In the first part I had an excellent pace and I lost very little time from the frontrunners. In the second and third split I felt I could easily maintain the pace but unfortunately I came a little bit too late in a couple of corners and I lost some time. It's OK though because I didn't want to make any mistakes. I'm starting from the second row of the grid, immediately behind Troy and my time was just half-a-second away from his so I'm happy. My race pace is excellent, I've got a good feeling with the 999 and hopefully I can finally express my true form in both races".
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (3rd Position - Fastest Lap 1'38.254 - 45 Laps);
"Before Superpole, it looked worse than it was. We were doing OK in terms of consistency and then right at the end we put a tyre in and we just didn't get it together on my final lap. So we made a few changes and I knew that once we had got the qualifier in we would go well in Superpole and I just had to hold it together for one lap and we did. It's difficult to pass here in traffic, but when you are on your own you can get into a rhythm, and use lines you need to use to go fast, rather than just stop people coming past you. Troy has been fast all weekend, so we just need to get off the line fast and stick in there."
Troy Corser - 6th, 1:38.507:
I knew from turn one that winning Superpole was going to be out of the question because our qualifying tyre just doesn't seem to work so well when the conditions are cooler. I knew I was down on the first split and although I tried my hardest, I just couldn't make up the time. We made a little change to the bike just before Superpole and the grip level was down a little. But sixth place on the grid is not so bad and, as long as I make good starts, podiums are by no means out of the question. I'm pretty happy with the set-up of the bike on race rubber and feel we can still challenge for a podium or two for sure. Lausitz is almost a one-line racetrack so I need to be in the front pack otherwise it's easy to lose ground. Hopefully the conditions will be a bit warmer tomorrow and that would make our tyre-life a bit better. We'll have to see.
Yukio Kagayama- 8th, 1:38.734:
I am disappointed today because I really felt that I could do a 1:37 lap. But on my Superpole lap, my front tyre kept tucking in and the grip was not so good. It was not the same feeling as I had with this type of tyre in practice so maybe the track was much colder. I pushed as hard as I dared, but I did not want to crash. I need two good starts tomorrow; this is my plan. I want to be on the podium again!
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (9th Position - Fastest Lap 1'38.749 - 45 Laps);
"I just made a small mistake in my first split and was almost 0.6 seconds down at that point, so it was a lot to come back from. But I tried and didn't make it, so I'm not happy. It's ridiculous being on the third row when things had been going so well all weekend. It's not what we've been working for and not what we deserve. I need to get a good start and then we have got a good race pace. We just have to get away from the line well."
Alex Barros: "Tomorrow we will have two tough races. I am still not satisfied with the setting of the bike. We tried many things today. I followed Troy Bayliss in the free practice session and noticed, that he is very, very fast. My personal goal for Superpole was to reach a low 1:38 time."
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia);
"It's good to be on the front row, although I had to go straight to the Clinica Mobile after superpole due to my wrist problem. It happened when I was doing a long run in the free practice and I had a big slide. It happened twice and although I was able to save the highside I have hurt myself a little bit. Second place is quite surprising in the circumstances but I was able to ride very smooth and not make the injury worse. The doctors have made an X-ray and that shows nothing is broken. They gave me some treatment and have bandaged me up. Now we have to see how the race goes. I think it will be ok but 24 laps is a very long way!"
Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia);
"I'm really happy to be on the front row and I know that our race set-up should be good. The track temperature is a bit lower this weekend than when we tested and as a result the rear tyres don't seem to last as long. I was able to do over 15 laps on one of the tyres and Nori did a lot of laps on the other choice and I think that we've got the bike working well for the race. I think everyone's going to be going pretty hard in the early laps and I was able to follow and pass a few riders in practice who seemed to be having more tyre wear than us."
Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France);
"It's coming better step by step this weekend and the good thing is that whatever we've done we've never taken a step back. I made a long run in the afternoon session where I was able to do consistent 1:40 laps. While that's not at the very top level I think that for now we can be happy with this. If I can continue this in the races then maybe it is possible to make top 10 at the finish."
Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha Motor France);
"It is going better and better all the time but we did not have enough time to work through everything. I missed the private tests because I was then injured and the practices are too short. It is very difficult."
- 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m37.923s
- 2. Haga (Yamaha) 1m38.079s
- 3. Toseland (Honda) 1m38.254s
- 4. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m38.291s
- 5. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m38.479s
- 6. Corser (Suzuki) 1m38.507s
- 7. Barros (Honda) 1m38.613s
- 8. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m38.734s
- 9. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m38.749s
- 10. Martin (Petronas) 1m39.065s