Oct 18, 2013
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FIM Supersport World Championship
October 18, 2013
Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:44.043
2. Vladimir LEONOV, Russia (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:44.269
3. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:44.549
4. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.701
5. Roberto ROLFO, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:44.780
6. Massimo ROCCOLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:44.907
7. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.930
8. Roberto TAMBURINI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.965
9. Danny WEBB, UK (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.973
10. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.093
11. Christian IDDON, UK (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:45.211
12. David SALOM, Spain (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.255
13. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.291
14. Mathew SCHOLTZ, South Africa (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:45.315
15. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.425
16. Raffaele DE ROSA, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.444
17. Ricardo RUSSO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.544
18. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.575
19. Ronan QUARMBY, South Africa (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.702
20. Alex BALDOLINI, Italy (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:45.927
27. Corey ALEXANDER, USA (Honda CBR600RR), 1:47.350
More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:
PTR HONDA'S Danny Webb took a good ninth on the grid for Sunday's final round of the World Supersport Championship at Jerez in Spain, but had been looking on for a top three finish before a crash in the last 10-minutes.
Danny had been challenging pole position near the end of the session when he crashed out of contention. Danny said: "It's been a good day with fifth in the morning and then ninth in the afternoon. I am getting comfortable on the bike now and although I crashed at the end because I pushed the front too hard into a corner, I have good feel and think we can improve tomorrow."
Lee Johnston in 22nd is continuing his good rookie form in just his second race in the series, whilst Luca Marconi in 24th will be looking for a big improvement so he can fight for the points on Sunday.
Nacho Calero in 25th is enjoying racing at a home event and is targeting a top 20 result. Corey Alexander, in just his second ever race outside the USA, is 27th but has a lot more to come as he learns both bike and track. There are further practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow before the race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday, October 20th.
PTR Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: "Danny has had a good day, it is just a shame he crashed towards the end when competing for pole position. He is still learning though, this is only his fourth event on 600cc and we can clearly see the potential coming through.
"Lee continues to impress and now needs to make the next step to get into the group fighting for the points. He is capable, so we will see what we can achieve this weekend.
"Luca finished the last race on a high but has taken a step back today and we need to get him fired up for tomorrow. Nacho is benefitting from a fast bike and we hope he can improve his grid position to give himself a chance in the race.
"Corey made a good step forward at the end of the session which will hopefully benefit him for the rest of the weekend. He has talent but we must all remember it is only his second event and he has a lot to learn yet."
More, from a press release issued by Pata Honda Supersport Team:
Zanetti fourth on day one at Jerez
Lorenzo Zanetti was fourth in the first qualifying session at Jerez in Spain today in preparation for Sunday’s final round of the 2013 World Supersport championship.
The 26-year-old Italian rider was just 0.6s off a provisional pole start as his Pata Honda World Supersport team-mate Michael van der Mark finished qualifying in seventh place.
The Pata Honda duo were able to improve on the lap times they set during a test at the 4.423km Jerez circuit in southern Spain almost a year ago. However, both riders feel there is more to come in tomorrow's second and final qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s 20-lap finale.
Lorenzo Zanetti - P4
It wasn’t too bad today and we found a good direction early and I have improved my time from the test here. It’s difficult to compare data, though, because I have changed my riding style a lot since then! The track changed a bit this afternoon but this is normal here – when the temperature goes up the grip goes down. We made some set-up improvements and we’ll continue to work towards the race on Sunday.
Michael van der Mark - P7
I was not so happy today. We have a lot of set-up problems and although we changed a lot after this morning’s session, we did not really find a solution. I had a small crash this afternoon but still couldn’t find a good way. Seventh is not where I want to be and we need to be nearer the front. We have some good ideas though so I think we can go faster tomorrow.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Lorenzo has done a good job today. I remember when he first rode the bike here at the end of last season he was still quite a long way from getting used to the Supersport machine, so fourth is really quite impressive for the first day here. Michael is struggling with the settings a little. We started with what worked here during that test but that doesn't work now, so we’ve got a little more work to do yet.