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May 10, 2002

Foret Fastest In World Supersport Friday Qualifying At Monza

From a press release:<BR><BR>Foret bounces back into provisional pole<BR><BR>Despite a massive crash on his first flying lap of the qualifying practice, Fabien Foret literally bounced back to take provisional pole.<BR><BR>Foret lost the back end of his Honda CBR600FS going into the chicane and literally flew into the gravel. He was taken to the medical centre for treatment, but then made an astounding comeback when he returned to the track. He blitzed his way into provisional pole with a fastest time of 1:53.867.<BR><BR>"I'm happy to be in provisional pole after such a big crash," said Foret. "When I first arrived at the medical centre I didn't feel so good, but they treated me and passed me fit to return to the session. Then I just got back to work! The Ten Kate Honda CBR600FS is very fast and at Monza that's ideal. But the speed is no good on it's own and I am fortunate that the Pirelli tyres and the WP suspension are working so well, the combination allows me to go fast. But now I need to rest, it was a big crash!"<BR><BR>Foret's team mate Iain MacPherson wasn't having such a great session, he finished sixteenth fastest. "The set up we have from Assen just hasn't worked here for me, we've got some figuring out to do tonight!" said the<BR>Scot.<BR><BR>Team Manager Ronald ten Kate was amazed by Foret's performance, "It was storybook stuff," commented ten Kate. "One minute he's sat dazed in the medical centre and then the next he's on provisional pole. This show's just how dedicated he is to racing.<BR><BR>"With Iain MacPherson things weren't so easy. We have plenty of work to do to try to get a good set up worked out for Iain, but I'm confident that the team will find a solution. And I've told Fabien to get some rest, he needs it after that session!"<BR><BR>Friday World Supersport Qualifying<BR><BR>1. F. Foret, 1:53.876, Ten Kate Honda<BR>2. K. Muggeridge, 1:54.228, Honda<BR>3. P. Casoli, 1:54.244, Yamaha<BR>4. K. Fujiwara, 1:54.519, Suzuki<BR>5. A. Pitt, 1:54.639, Kawasaki<BR>6. C. Vermeulen, 1:54.742, Van Zon TKR Honda<BR>7. S. Chambon, 1:54.756, Suzuki<BR>8. P. Bontempi, 1:54.987, Ducati<BR>9. J. Whitham, 1:55.025, Yamaha<BR>10. A. Corradi, 1:55.100, Yamaha<BR>16. I. MacPherson, 1:55.324, Ten Kate Honda