Airwaves Ducati finished first and second in a perfect qualifying session at Cadwell Park today. Leon Haslam, who has started from the front row of every race so far this season, set the quickest ever lap of Cadwell Park, 1:26.392, to get pole position. Lavilla overcame yesterday's problems to take 2nd place on the grid with a time of 1:26.683.
In final practice this morning Leon was again the quickest finishing top with a time of 1:27.063. Greg finished 3rd with a time of 1:27.699. Leon looked to be the one to beat going into qualifying but both riders were confident of lapping fast having tested here in June.
Due to an accident in a previous race qualifying was reduced to 40 minutes. This resulted in fast and furious action from the outset. Leon and Greg set the pace early, swapping the lead between them and consistently reducing their lap times until Leon eventually broke the 1 minute 27 barrier mid way through the session. Greg quickly followed suit and the session finished with only the Airwaves Ducati riders recording sub 1 minute 27 laps.
Having completed his qualifying laps Leon took the opportunity to test out his Dunlop race tyre for the final 5 minutes of the qualifying session setting a time of 1:27.208. He was delighted with his performance saying, "I'm over the moon. I have done the quickest time ever round here today and I was the quickest with both my race and qualifying tyres; I am really pleased. I am feeling great for the race tomorrow and it is even better that I am on pole with all the Honda's on the second row. It will be a good race and I think the Airwaves Ducati team are going to perform very well."
Gregorio Lavilla said, "This morning we were behind schedule because of some problems that we had yesterday with the bike, but this afternoon everything worked well and now I am really confident for the race."
"My technicians were simply mega. They changed my rear tyre before I could blink and that allowed me to get out and have one final go at a qualifying lap before the end of the session. After the effort they put in I thought I had better get on the front row or they'd lynch me!
"I am real happy with my Rizla Suzuki. It's handling well and giving me a lot of confidence through the corners. Cadwell Park isn't the easiest place to overtake other riders so starting from the front is just what I needed. I'm looking forward to the races."
"We tried the development fuel cell bike and a conventional GSX-R1000 during practice. I decided to use the conventional bike for qualifying and the races as it is giving me more accuracy through the corners and at the moment I'm finding it easier to ride.
"While I really wanted a second row start, ninth here is actually a pretty good place to be as I will start on the same side of the track as pole position, lining me up perfectly for the first corner. With my home fans cheering me on, I'll be trying to get as high up the top 10 as possible in the races."
Round 11 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship is tomorrow, Monday 28th August 2006.
- 1: Leon Haslam (Ducati) 1:26.392
- 2: Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +0.291
- 3: ShaneE Byrne (Suzuki) +0.648
- 4: Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +0.654
- 5: Karl Harris (Honda) +0.673
- 6: Jonathan Rea (Honda) +0.769
- 7: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +1.244
- 8: Michael Rutter (Honda) +1.247
- 9: SteveE Plater (Suzuki) +1.439
- 10: Michael Laverty (Honda) +1.687