James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) proved that all the pre-race work in getting the qualifying set-up of his CBR1000RR optimised around Misano had paid dividends, taking the Superpole win and putting himself in the prime position for Sunday's two 25-lap races. It was his first Superpole win since joining the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team this season. His time of 1'33.833 was the best time of any weekend official qualifying session, despite the hot and slippery track surface. Having qualified eighth in regulation, Toseland rode superbly to top the sheets and look on as rider after rider failed to match his peerless best. Joining Toseland on the front row will be Aussies Troy Corser, Andrew Pitt and Steve Martin.
Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) had an opposite experience to Toseland, having spent much of his set-up time working with worn tyres, and finding his machine's settings upset somewhat when he adopted fresh rubber, and attempted to set individual fast laps. He starts the race from the fifth row, having set 20th fastest time, missing out on Superpole qualification. Muggeridge's artificially low grid position will be a major initial handicap on raceday but the team is confident that his race set-up should allow him to make up places throughout the race itself.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;
"Quite a stunning lap from James. We haven't seen him quite on the pace all weekend, even on race tyres. But after the Silverstone experience, where we only qualified 14th, we realised how important it is, especially during the hot conditions, to start at the front. We had a good strategy in free practice, to make the bike and James ready for Superpole. He made a truly super lap out of it, so I am looking forward to tomorrow. I know that James is in very good physical shape and this has been a nice boost in motivation to all of us. On the other side of the garage it is almost an opposite situation. Karl didn't make Superpole, which is very strange. But in free practice before Superpole he showed that he had found his feet again, so I know he will race hard tomorrow and I am sure he will give 100% to bring in a strong result."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (Pole Position - Fastest lap time 1'33.833);
"It was important for us to set a fast lap time, and for me especially as I have some of my family here for this weekend. The Winston Ten Kate Honda bike is always fast and the team worked really well. I am very well prepared for tomorrow and need to make a good start. I'm happy to be on pole and I love the track here at Misano. It's been three years since my last pole position, at Magny Cours. I'm looking forward to tomorrow but I know it will be hard work out there."
Troy Corser- 2nd, 1:33.866:
I know it sounds a bit funny but I'm a bit disappointed not to have taken Superpole today. Before I started the lap, I felt that I could do a mid 1:33 but maybe I was a bit too cautious going into the first turn and that cost me some time. But, at the end of the day, being on the front row is the important thing because if you are not in with the leaders when you go into the first left-hander, it's easy to lose a lot of time. Today, I had a lot of wheelspin or maybe lack of grip exiting the turns. Part of that might have been due to the very high track temperature out there today. I just can't seem to get sufficient grip where I want it. We'll look at the telemetry and see if we can make some adjustments in the morning warm-up. After my recent illness my energy levels are not back up to 100%. At the moment I'm ok for about 12-15 laps, but then it becomes a bit of a struggle. It's going to be a very long, hard day tomorrow for sure.?
Yukio Kagayama- 10th, 1?34.685:
I had a little problem with my brake lever on my Superpole lap. Going into the left-hander at the end of the back straight, the lever came almost all the way back to the bar! As I was on a Superpole lap there was not enough time to adjust it so I had to just ride it as best as I could. It was not so easy! It was very difficult but I didn't want to stop, so I kept going and brought the bike back home.
In normal qualifying I had some problems with wheelspin - especially when the bike is banked over and I'm trying to get on the gas. My problem tomorrow for the races is my grid position. Misano is not a good track to be so far down the grid as you lose a lot of time because the left turns just before the back straight. So I must make the best start in the world in both races!
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (20th position - Fastest lap time 1'35.864);
"Our plans all went pear-shaped this morning. We jumped from one bike to another bike, then jumped back again. Too many things to change and we ended up with no tyres as well. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong so it's going to be a tough race tomorrow, extra hot, and it's not particularly easy to overtake here. But you can, and I am going to have to, at just about every corner. So we just have to concentrate on our settings for tomorrow in warm-up."
Troy Bayliss; That was a messy lap" declared Troy, "I nearly lost the front and then in the second last chicane almost hit the ripple-strip. I had no rhythm at all with the qualifying tyre. I am a little bit disappointed but it makes it all a little bit more interesting tomorrow. However we did a long-run in the free practice and did a pretty good job. I don't think anyone else can run at my pace so I'm feeling very confident for the race. For sure the second row makes a little bit of difference but I'll get a good start and go on from there."
Lorenzo Lanzi; "In Superpole I was the quickest in the first sector, but half-way through the lap the tyre started to go off" commented Lorenzo. "That was a real pity because it was the same tyre that I had tried before in the free practice and it promised really well for Superpole. Eighth place is not entirely satisfactory, but I'm on the second row so we'll see how it goes from there".
Steve Martin said: "It was an excellent end to an excellent day. We have only been in Superpole three times this year and we have made the front row on each occasion. Everyone has done a fantastic job. It wasn't a perfect lap, but when you go 0.8 seconds faster you cannot fail to be happy. I am not going to get too carried away, but I am very happy with where I am on the grid and a result like that provides confidence for the races."
Craig Jones said: "Carl stayed very positive after yesterday's nightmare and suggested that I tried Steve's settings. Although we have different riding styles, I soon started to get a feel for it. The bike seemed to turn better and I was able to get my confidence back. Hopefully I will get a couple of good starts tomorrow but I will not be going too banzai!"
- 1. Toseland (Honda) 1m33.833s
- 2. Corser (Suzuki) 1m33.866s
- 3. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m34.031s
- 4. Martin (Petronas) 1m34.178s
- 5. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m34.472s
- 6. Haga (Yamaha) 1m34.487s
- 7. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m34.523s
- 8. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m34.556s
- 9. Laconi (Kawasaki) 1m34.648s
- 10. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m34.685s