News 11 Jul 2010

WSBK: Crutchlow claims fourth Superpole of year at Brno

Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) saved his best for last to take a new track best and head up Superpole qualifying at Brno in the Czech Republic, his fourth pole of the 2010 season.

Crutchlow was over 0.7 seconds faster than the next best rider, and in nine Superpoles this year, he has the best individual record.

“I definitely hoped to be here and I’d rather give away a pole for a race win, but you’ve got to take them when you can,” Crutchlow said. “I enjoyed that, it was a good session for us. Most of the sessions have been strong and my Yamaha is working well.

“Max is hard to beat in the championship and especially round here. I can see a big battle tomorrow, maybe ten guys at least at the start. I thought I could have got into the 57s because I was riding very deep into the corners, and I actually had another qualifier left but I’m happy with that.”

Behind him, Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) was second at his favourite circuit on the calendar, as he prepares to go out tomorrow and defend a 37-point championship lead.

“A first row result is good for me, but compared to last year’s race we’ve got a lot more work to do this weekend,” the title leader said. “Something we changed on the bike makes it a bit different so it’s not the same feeling. It’s better in other tracks but here we’ve got some difficulties. It’s getting a little bit better, the bike is not where I want, but I’m happy with my pace. We’ll see tomorrow.”

A resurgent Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was a positive third, as he rebuilds from some less than satisfying recent results.

“It is hot out there, but there’s a lot of breeze so it’s not too bad,” Rea commented. “I actually didn’t really know where to go after Superpole because I haven’t been in the top 3 for some time. I’d just like to thank all of my team, our package isn’t perfect but what we do have in the Ten Kate garage is a really hard work ethic and we’re trying. Hopefully we can get away good tomorrow and try and stay with these two guys as long as we can. I’ve got nothing to lose!”

Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) finished an impressive fourth, earning himself a front row start. He had crashed heavily here last year but today’s result wiped out many memories of his 2009 misfortune.

“First of all I’d like to give my best to Troy [Corser] and hope he recovers as soon as possible because when two riders are on the team on fire, they go ahead,” the Spaniard said. “We did a good job today, the bike is now working well, we made a big step in Imola and physically I’m not feeling perfect but I was able to ride fast.”

Xaus’s BMW being fourth means that there are four different machines on the front row, and with Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) and Luca Scassa (Supersonic Ducati) fifth and sixth restively, there are six different bikes in the top six grid slots.

Scassa, a privateer, was top Ducati rider of any kind, with Ducati Xerox factory pilot Michel Fabrizio one place behind.

Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) will start from row two, taking eighth place as the last rider home in the final Superpole session. Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Corse Ducati) just missed the final eight places of Superpole three, with James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) tenth.

Max Neukirchner went 11th for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda and Tom Sykes ended a fruitful day 12th and on the third row for the Kawasaki Racing Team. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) crashed in two Superpole sessions, and now starts from the fourth row, with championship contender Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) only one place ahead of him.

Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki took pole, his second of the year, with his very last lap of qualifying, displacing his team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara to second in the process.

Despite crashing in qualifying today, Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) went third while a spectacularly successful qualifying for Kawasaki was completed by Fabien Foret (Lorenzini by Leoni) fourth quickest and therefore the third Kawasaki rider on the front row.

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro were fifth and sixth fastest, respectively. Gino Rea put a smile on local faces as he put his Intermoto Czech Honda seventh, ahead of his British countryman, Chaz Davies (ParkinGO BE1 Triumph), just one place back.

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