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Yamaha on front row for Supersport race

From: Yamaha-Racing.com

The Yamaha World Supersport Team showed its determination today and was rewarded with a front row start position for tomorrow’s race. Having spent the morning practice session focusing on finding the right race setting, Parkes went on to claim fourth position on tomorrow’s grid.

Parkes spent the morning practice trying a series of small setting changes and was looking positive in second position for most of the session. In this afternoon’s qualifying session he went on to knock 0.5 seconds off his best time from yesterday to move up to fourth slot. The front row tomorrow is headed by Sofuoglu (Honda) with fellow team mates Charpentier and Fujiwara completing the grid alongside Parkes.

Anthony West, who is standing in this weekend for the injured Kevin Curtain, had only his second day on the YZF-R6 and spent the morning session continuing to familiarise himself the bike’s handling and weight characteristics. As the pace quickened throughout the day the 250 GP star found himself hampered by his non-standard leathers and was unable to improve upon his time from yesterday, eventually qualifying in 14th place.

Massimo Roccoli made better progress today after completely reviewing and revising his set up from yesterday. In qualifying he rapidly moved up from 13th place to eighth, taking almost a second off his best time so far this weekend.

Broc Parkes

Broc Parkes (4th – 1’50.903 – Yamaha World Supersport Team)
“Today has been good, especially as the lap times have been so fast this weekend. We have made a series of small changes and found a good direction in today’s qualifying. A new front fork setting and other changes have given me much better braking feeling, which we have been trying to solve since Assen. The team has worked hard to achieve this and I feel we have a pretty good bike for tomorrow’s race now. It’s going to be tough out there tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it.”

Anthony West

Anthony West (14th – 1’51.867 – Yamaha World Supersport Team)
“I have learnt a lot more about the bike today and I have a much better understanding of what needs to be done to set it up for me. We are very short on time though. The biggest things for me to get used to have been the weight of the bike and the way it handles when flicking from corner to corner. I’m not happy with fourteenth by any means. I want to be in the top five tomorrow and I need to get a good start tomorrow to have any chance of achieving that.”

Massimo Roccoli (8th – 1’51.420 – Yamaha Team Italia)
“This morning I went back to the beginning and slowly changed everything about the set up of my bike and it worked because I have got a much better setting than yesterday now. The second row is a decent place to start and the front row is very close. I need to get a good start tomorrow which I am confident I can do.”
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