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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Bayliss pole!

Troy Bayliss has obliterated the competition in Qatar during Superpole for the first round of the Alstare Corona Extra World Superbike Championship, taking a dominate pole position on his Xerox Ducati with a time of 1min 59. 696secs.

The only other rider to hit the sub 2 min lap was Winston Ten Kate's Karl Muggeridge, who unfortunately crashed on his Superpole lap, which now puts him second row of the grid. It was a shame to see him hit the gravel as he was on song during free practice and looking set for a front row start.

His team-mate and former World Champion James Toseland will start from the front row in fourth place. Second fastest was Lorenzo Lanzi, Bayliss' team-mate, who just eased Andrew Pitt on the Yamaha R1 into third place.

Current World Champion Troy Corser will start from the second row of the grid which will be a bit of a change for him as he spent most of last season in pole or on the front row.

Toseland is pleased to be front row on his first outing with his new team, "This is my first year on a four in this Championship and as we know the Ten Kate Honda has no lack of speed. It is a great package, the '06 Fireblade is coming on strong and it is a great team to be working with." When asked what was the difference between the twin and the four at this circuit Toseland quipped "I wasn't on the front row with the twin, so I'm happy."

Andrew Pitt has been on the pace all weekend and in the race for his first podium in World Superbike. "We have been working on making it easier to run a lap time and sorting out the throttle response," said Pitt "I need to understand the bike better and see where it works best. We've also made it easier on tyres." He likes racing in Qatar "I enjoy the fast turns here, it's better than some stop go go-kart track!" he concluded.

With the Xerox Ducati's one two on the grid Lorenzo Lanzi was happy with his progress "I'm very happy, we did a lot of work on the bike at this circuit. It is not much different to last year's bike, just some suspension changes," he said.

Finally pole sitter, Bayliss was over the moon with his first pole in Superbike for three years, "I'm happy to be back with a team that I know and I'm comfy on the bike. It took a little while to get used to the tyres, but I got into the feel quite soon." He admitted that initially the bike did feel strange, "Once we made a few changes it felt just like my 2002 bike," he said "It has got different electronics which is something that has filtered down from Moto GP and will eventually arrive on a customer bike so its all good."

WSBK Superpole results Qatar:

1.Troy Bayliss
2.Lorenzo Lanzi
3.Andrew Pitt
4.James Toseland
5.Troy Corser
6.Noriyuki Haga
7.Yukio Kagayama
8.Karl Muggeridge
9.Steve Martin
10.Alex Barros

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who said lanzi was overrated?

I smell a Ducati sweep this year, and it's not because the other bikes aren't as competitive or the rules are biased.....

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Man!!! I just hope they can keep it like that.
GO DUCATI!!!!!!! :
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Man I cannot wait to watch this Sunday! I just honestly hope that Bayliss doesnt run away and there is some close, hard fought racing
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yep....i think Bayliss just proved to everyone that motogp is THE hardest and fastest racing series in the world.

glad to see him up there! glad to see he hasn't lost any of his winning form!

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Yamaha Press release

Pitt on front row for Qatar opener

WSB : Pitt on front row for Qatar opener
Round: 1 - Qatar
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Date: 24 February 2006
Temp: 30C
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Motor Italia rider Andrew Pitt will start tomorrow's two 18-lap races
from the front row of the grid after an impressive superpole lap saw him set the
third fastest time. Team-mate Noriyuki Haga also put in a strong qualifying
performance and will start from the second row, in sixth position.

Rule changes for this season means that special soft qualifying tyres are not
used during the two one-hour sessions, only in the one-lap superpole and
preceding practice, Both the Yamaha riders looked strong during the morning
qualifying session, occupying top five places on their race rubber and giving
them optimism for tomorrow's races.

Both riders took advantage of the latest R1's increased controllability to take
their place at the head of the timesheets during qualifying, Pitt ultimately
ending the one-hour session third and Haga in fifth. Both were able to find
further improvements in the afternoon's free practice session, although a small
mistake from Haga saw him go slightly slower on his grid-deciding superpole lap.
Pitt however achieved his target of a personal best lap in superpole, his
2:00.110 being bettered only by factory Ducati team-mates Troy Bayliss and
Lorenzo Lanzi. Both riders have declared themselves happy with the race settings
ahead of tomorrow's races, which could well be a close affair if today's times
are anything to go by: just a second-and-a-half separates the top 13 riders from
today's superpole session.

The Yamaha Motor France squad had a tough day in Qatar with all three riders
missing out on superpole.

Fifth fastest in yesterday's wet qualifying, Losail lap record holder Sebastien
Gimbert was again the fastest of the trio in combined qualifying, despite
problems with his front brakes overheating during second qualifying. He will
start the race from 18th on the grid after posting a best of 2:02.710. Team-mate
Norick Abe will start one place further back after experiencing some problems
with his favoured machine during the morning session. He was forced to switch to
his spare machine during the morning session but found the set-up unsuited to
the circuit. The third Yamaha Motor France rider, superbike debutant Shinichi
Nakatomi, continued to learn both the circuit and his Pirelli-shod R1 retaining
his 24th place from the overnight standings. All three riders were able to
improve their lap times in the afternoon free practice session, although these
would not count towards the grid position for tomorrow's races.

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)
"It's always good to get a front row start, especially around here as it is
pretty dirty off the racing line. The bike has been working really well. The
team has worked hard just to make it that bit easier to ride. We've got a much
better understanding of the bike this year and hopefully that can pay off with
some good results."

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)
"The bike is working well here and I am looking forward to the races. I did my
best qualifying lap on the soft race tyre and that seemed to work better for me
than the qualifier I used in my superpole lap. Our race set-up is good and the
times are close. I think we will have some great racing tomorrow."

Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France)
"It is disappointing miss out on superpole, especially considering I was on the
front row here last year. I had a problem with the braking on my bike. The front
discs were getting too hot and I couldn't brake as hard as I liked to."

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)
"In the morning session I had a technical problem with my number one bike. I
switched to my number two machine but it had a different set-up and I could not
go as fast as I like to. We went faster in the afternoon but by then it was too
late to make the superpole."

Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha Motor France)
"I am making improvements in each session but still I am learning the circuit.
It has been difficult as there has not been much time to ride in the dry, but I
am now looking forward to my first ever world superbike races."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)
"In the end the feedback we had from our test here last month has been
confirmed. We were satisfied with the results of our test but we had been
testing on our own. Today was our first time on the track with our rivals and I
think we can confirm the improvements we have made over the winter. I'm pleased
for Andrew getting on the front row, while Nori lost some time through a small
mistake on his superpole lap. I think we can do a good job tomorrow. Andrew did
a lot of laps on the race tyre today and was still able to put in good lap times
while with Noriyuki the most important thing is that he has a good set-up. If he
is happy with the bike then you know that he is capable of good results."

Round: 1 - Qatar
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Circuit Length: 5380
Lap Record: 2' 1.852 (Sebastien Gimbert, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever: 2' 1.244 (Troy Corser, 2005)
Date: 24 February 2006
Temp: 30C

Session 2 :
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. 1st Qualifying 2nd Qualifying Superpole
1 T. Bayliss Ducati AUS 2' 17.326 2' 0.639 1' 59.696
2 L. Lanzi Ducati ITA 2' 26.171 2' 1.369 2' 0.028
3 A. Pitt Yamaha AUS 2' 19.991 2' 0.818 2' 0.110
4 J. Toseland Honda GBR 2' 21.732 2' 1.692 2' 0.112
5 T. Corser Suzuki AUS 2' 19.614 2' 1.008 2' 0.206
6 N. Haga Yamaha JPN 2' 20.164 2' 1.314 2' 0.613
7 Y. Kagayama Suzuki JPN 2' 21.234 2' 1.579 2' 0.895
8 K. Muggeridge Honda AUS 2' 21.152 2' 0.745 No time
9 S. Martin Petronas AUS 2' 21.505 2' 1.613 2' 0.940
10 A. Barros Honda BRA 2' 19.834 2' 1.953 2' 0.960
11 R. Rolfo Ducati ITA 2' 21.233 2' 2.020 2' 1.072
12 C. Walker Kawasaki GBR 2' 19.684 2' 1.975 2' 1.137
13 F. Nieto Kawasaki ESP 2' 20.469 2' 1.809 2' 1.155
14 P. Chili Honda ITA 2' 20.695 2' 1.781 2' 2.038
15 M. Fabrizio Honda ITA 2' 22.655 2' 2.437 2' 2.596
16 M. Borciani Ducati ITA 2' 21.778 2' 2.449 2' 3.150
18 S. Gimbert Yamaha FRA 2' 19.687 2' 2.710
19 N. Abe Yamaha JPN 2' 20.720 2' 3.026
24 S. Nakatomi Yamaha JPN 2' 24.788 2' 3.741
28 T. Al Naimi Yamaha QAT 2' 46.833 2' 9.934

WSS : Curtain third on Qatar grid
Round: 1 - Qatar WSS
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Date: 24 February 2006
Temp: 23C
Weather: Sunny

Having never run the latest R6 at the Losail circuit, the Yamaha riders were
disappointed to find wet conditions for yesterday's opening practice sessions -
restricting their set-up time ahead of Saturday's 18 lap race. Dry conditions
also meant that yesterday's world supersport qualifying times were redundant by
the very first lap of today's session, although in the end the expected names
would be topping the leaderboard.

After ending yesterday's wet first session in second place, Yamaha Motor
Germany's Kevin Curtain again led the hordes of riders running the new YZF-R6.
The multiple Australian champion, second in last year's series, recorded a
2:04.741 to end the day in third place despite crashing late in the session.

Team-mate Broc Parkes will start tomorrow's race from the second row of the
grid, in fifth place, after recording a best of 2:05.082. Spanish Yamaha
privateer Xavi Fores of the SLM Racing team confirmed the R6's potential by
recording the sixth fastest time, with Italian Gianluca Nannelli another R6
runner in the top ten.

Reigning world champion Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) will start tomorrow's race
from pole position. His team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu starts alongside him with
Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda) completing the front row in fourth place.

Round: 1 - Qatar
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Circuit Length: 5380
Lap Record: 2' 4.686 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever: 2' 3.747 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)
Date: 24 February 2006
Temp: 23C

Session 1 :
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. 1st Qualifying 2nd Qualifying
1 S. Charpentier Honda FRA 2' 27.755 2' 3.093
2 K. Sofuoglu Honda TUR 2' 21.890 2' 4.089
3 K. Curtain Yamaha AUS 2' 23.872 2' 4.741
4 K. Fujiwara Honda JPN 2' 27.615 2' 4.756
5 B. Parkes Yamaha AUS 2' 24.757 2' 5.082
6 X. Fores Yamaha ESP 2' 26.887 2' 5.415
7 K. Andersen Suzuki NOR 2' 25.853 2' 5.924
8 M. Berger Kawasaki FRA 2' 30.213 2' 5.994
9 G. Nannelli Yamaha ITA 2' 24.021 2' 6.183
10 B. Veneman Suzuki NED 2' 26.770 2' 6.227
11 C. Zaiser Ducati AUT 2' 26.945 2' 6.265
12 M. Sanchini Yamaha ITA 2' 26.670 2' 6.362
13 G. Vizziello Yamaha ITA 2' 27.690 2' 6.447
14 W. De Angelis Honda ITA 2' 29.724 2' 6.647
15 C. Peris Yamaha CAN 2' 30.164 2' 6.734
16 M. Roccoli Yamaha ITA 2' 29.666 2' 6.818
17 A. Gobert Yamaha AUS 2' 28.284 2' 6.872
26 D. Van Keymeulen Yamaha BEL 2' 30.832 2' 7.972
28 A. Velini Yamaha ITA 2' 30.150 2' 8.219
29 D. Garcia Yamaha ITA 2' 28.596 2' 8.921
30 V. Ivanov Yamaha RUS 2' 30.250 2' 9.142
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Bbbbbbaaaaaaayyyyylllllllliiiiiiiiisssssssssssssss ssss!!!!!!!!!!!!

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