World Supersport First Qualifying Session

Glenn le santo
by Glenn le santo
As I said before, it's real hot over here in Misano. Imagine what it's like slipping into a heavy set of racing leathers and going for it in the mid-afternoon sun.Still, that's what these guys are (well) paid to do. So read on if you want to know who is super in Supersport...

World Supersport ChampionshipMisano, ItalyFriday Qualifying

Guareschi sets the pace.

Alstare Suzuki rider Katsuaki Fujiwara was on provisional pole until the final minute of Friday’s qualifying practice in Misano. Vitto Guareschi set the fastest time as the clock ticked away the last moments of the session, leaving no chance for his rivals to better his lap. Behind them were the Ten Kate Honda duo of Pere Riba and Fabien Foret, who had also both sat on the top of the timesheet only a few minutes before the end of the session. Fujiwara was the first rider to depose the pair - but then he was shifted one place down the order by Dienza Ducati rider Guareschi who had crashed midway through qualifying.

Foret claimed that he was holding a little something in reserve, “When I qualify on pole on Friday,” explained the Frenchman, “I then lose the position on Saturday. This weekend I am trying a different strategy and will push harder on Saturday to keep pole for the race.” Despite claiming to be ‘taking it easy’ Foret still managed to have a big moment, and although he didn’t fall he did manage to snap off the heel plate on his Honda CBR600FS with his foot while saving the slide.

Chris Vermeulen tried capitalised on his success during the testing earlier in the week when he was the fastest rider on the track. He was fastest in the early stages of the qualifying, but slipped down the order to finish seventh fastest on his Castrol Honda. Kevin Curtain struggled to put fast laps in due to a nasty flesh injury to his left arm he sustained in a crash in the morning’s free practice. He’s way down the order on his BKM Honda at 34th.

Friday qualifying times:1, V Guareschi, ITA, Ducati, 1’38.5202, K Fujiwara, JPN, Suzuki, 1’38.9763, P Riba, ESP, Honda, 1’39.0114, F Foret, FRA, Honda, 1’39.1195, A Pitt, AUS, Kawasaki, 1’39.1396, J Teuchert, GER, Yamaha, 1’39.1607, C Vermeulen, AUS, Honda, 1’39.1788, V Iannuzzo, ITA, Suzuki, 1’39.2529, N Russo, ITA, Yamaha, 1’39.32010, I Macpherson, GBR, Kawasaki, 1’39.522
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