Haga takes provisional second in first qualifying @ Monza
Noriyuki Haga showed what is to come in today’s practice and qualifying sessions ending in second place. He set the pace in this morning’s free practice finishing it in the top slot and having led it for most of the session as well as setting the session’s fastest lap five times. It didn’t stop there though and in the first qualifying session of the weekend he held the top slot until Toseland knocked him down to second towards the end.
Corser did not have as much luck as his team mate today, suffering a couple of problems throughout the day. The morning practice session went smoothly with the seasoned Australian getting down to the job of finding the right set-up. It was in the afternoon session that problems struck the #11 rider but he continued to ride through them to gather data for the team, riding almost race distance. He also posted his fastest time of the day and finished the session in 12th.
Shinichi Nakatomi riding for the Team Yamaha YZF squad also had technical issues to resolve during today’s two riding sessions. The Japanese rider, who will start his 33rd race this weekend, stopped at one point on the track but rejoined the session later on to secure 19th place.
Toseland heads the board going into tomorrow’s final qualifying session with Haga close behind and Karl Muggeridge in third.
Noriyuki Haga (2nd – 1’46.316 – Yamaha Motor Italia)
“Second is good although I am not too concerned with where I am on the grid at the moment. Tomorrow is the most important with the second qualifying and Superpole. I have learnt from Assen that I need to be on the front row going in to Superpole in case of having any problems! The bike is feeling good and I have already made a long run on a tyre today which I am happy with.”
Troy Corser (12th – 1’47.321 – Yamaha Motor Italia)
“I am not happy as you can probably understand. We didn’t get enough track time and we have some braking problems with the bike that need to be solved before tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night with the team checking all the data to identify and resolve the problem. All I know is that I have to go faster tomorrow and I know we can do better than twelfth.”
Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator Yamaha Motor Italia)
“We tried to prepare for this race as best as possible. Noriyuki had a good practice and he is quite confident in his and the bike’s potential this weekend. With regard to Troy, we discovered a couple of problems today which we are resolving now. We believe he is be able achieve the same good result as he did last year. We have a lot of guests here at our home round and we are hopeful of providing them with a good result.”
Shinichi Nakatomi (19th – 1’48.384 – Team Yamaha YZF)
“I didn’t expect to be right on the pace today but I didn’t expect to have technical problems either. But despite technical issues I feel we have made some slow progress today. We have already identified the issues and are working to resolve them in time for tomorrow’s second qualifying session. I am positive for tomorrow.”