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Business as Usual as Yamaha Perform in the Blistering Misano Heat

Yamaha World Superbike riders Ben Spies and Tom Sykes took to the Misano circuit for the first time today in what was without a doubt the hottest riding day so far of the 2009 championship. With temperatures approaching 40 degrees Spies got straight down to business on the unknown circuit, spending a large part of both the free practice and the first qualifying session running at the top of the time chart. He ended Friday's qualifying session in second position less than one tenth of a second off leader Michel Fabrizio having spent the entire qualifying session working on race pace on a single set of tyres.

Team-mate Tom Sykes continued to improve his set-up from previous races and although ending the day in 19th position his times we less than seven tenths off his team-mate's time as he searched for the optimum setting for the Misano circuit. The British rider lost valuable time in the morning free practice session fixing an issue with the bike but looked to be making it up quickly in the afternoon qualifying and was confident of more improvements for day two.

Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (2nd, 1'37.102):
"It was a good first day for us, the second session we opted to run race set up and we never put any new tyres on. A race is 22 laps around here, on the 22nd lap today we were half a second off the fastest lap done here. I'm pleased with that and we ran our whole race simulation in the 37's. I'm ecstatic about the bike and tomorrow if it stays dry we know we've got a good package. We know if we put sticky tyres on it's definitely going to go fast. If it rains, I guess we get some good rain time and go play in the rain. It's still tough for us coming and learning these new tracks so I'm glad we picked it up as quickly as we did. There is still some more settings to find to be more comfortable but the speed is there. If it is wet then I hope we'll be up there too, I don't have as much time on this bike in the wet but I like riding in the rain."

Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team (19th, 1'37.992):
"I think today we've made big improvements, this morning we lost a bit of track time with a couple of things but this afternoon we went from a high 39 to a 37.9 so we've found two seconds. I'm only eight or nine tenths of the front guys which is not a lot and considering it's my first time here it's not bad. We can still make improvements over the weekend and hopefully we'll make it work and see what tomorrow brings."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager:
"We started in the right way today, we are already close to the top of the times. Ben led part of both sessions which gives us a lot of confidence for Sunday. We have to solve some issues for Tom around the front end feel of the bike and also we have to wait and see what the weather is going to do as its forecast for some rain. If it's raining it might be a good opportunity as we've not tested in the rain yet and I'm confident we can get good results."

2009 WSB San Marino - Misano 19/06/2009
Qualifying 1
Pos.    Rider    Manu.    Nat.    Total Time
1.    Michel Fabrizio    Ducati    ITA    1'37.016
2.    Ben Spies    Yamaha    USA    1'37.102
3.    Yukio Kagayama    Suzuki    JPN    1'37.209
4.    Jonathan Rea    Honda    GBR    1'37.238
5.    Broc Parkes    Kawasaki    AUS    1'37.281
6.    Ryuichi Kiyonari    Honda    JPN    1'37.281
7.    Carlos Checa    Honda    ESP    1'37.441
8.    Noriyuki Haga    Ducati    JPN    1'37.451
9.    Leon Haslam    Honda    GBR    1'37.490
10.    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    1'37.503
11.    Shinya Nakano    Aprilia    JPN    1'37.630
12.    Lorenzo Lanzi    Ducati    ITA    1'37.702
13.    Jakub Smrz    Ducati    CZE    1'37.710
14.    Ruben Xaus    BMW    ESP    1'37.773
15.    Gregorio Lavilla    Ducati    ESP    1'37.786
19.    Tom Sykes    Yamaha    GBR    1'37.992
25.    David Checa    Yamaha    ESP    1'38.828

Crutchlow Fastest on Day One in Misano

Lack of track knowledge and incredible temperatures in the Italian sunshine didn't stop Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow from conquering the Misano circuit on his first session today. Having never ridden here before it was an impressive turn out for Crutchlow who was within two tenths of a second of the lap record of 1'39.398 set by Broc Parkes last year.

Team-mate Fabien Foret was also on good form, having worked on some front set up changes the Frenchman put in consistently fast laps to end the first free practice session of the weekend a respectable fifth on the time sheet, less than a second off his team-mate.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (1st, 1'39.442)

"Today was good enough, my first time ever at Misano. I did six laps running around the track over the last couple of days and had a look at it. I've been watching it a bit on TV as well but that's about it. It was a good first session. We were the fastest Supersport bike out there today and that's good enough for me. Hopefully we'll continue that over the weekend."

Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (5th, 1'40.560):

"It was a good first day for me and I was happy with the bike by the end of the session. In the first half, before the session was red flagged for oil on the track I was not too happy with the front end but we made some changes and switched to a new tyre and it felt much better. I'm looking forward to starting again tomorrow and improving the set up even more for Sunday's race."

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager:

"It was an impressive first practice for Cal I have to say, he rode 28 laps and managed to be within one tenth of the lap record from last year and we're happy with that. Everything feels ok on the bike, hopefully tomorrow we'll have stable weather as I think it will be better for everybody. Fabien was also quite pleased with the bike, we tried a different front tyre which worked well, He started ok and we made some changes to the front end which improved a lot and he got even faster. We're all looking forward to tomorrow with confidence."

Free Practice
Pos.    Rider    Manu.    Nat.    Total Time
1.    Cal Crutchlow    Yamaha    GBR    1'39.442
2.    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    1'39.821
3.    Kenan Sofuoglu    Honda    TUR    1'39.895
4.    Eugene Laverty    Honda    GBR    1'40.355
5.    Fabien Foret    Yamaha    FRA    1'40.560
6.    Andrew Pitt    Honda    AUS    1'40.592
7.    Mark Aitchison    Honda    AUS    1'40.673
8.    Massimo Roccoli    Honda    ITA    1'40.676
9.    Michele Pirro    Yamaha    ITA    1'40.981
10.    Katsuaki Fujiwara    Kawasaki    JPN    1'40.984
11.    Gianluca Nannelli    Triumph    ITA    1'41.190
12.    Danilo Dell'omo    Honda    ITA    1'41.353
13.    Anthony West    Honda    AUS    1'41.401
14.    Doni Tata Pradita    Yamaha    IDN    1'41.485
15.    Flavio Gentile    Honda    ITA    1'41.522
18.    Alessandro Brannetti    Yamaha    ITA    1'41.580
29.    Yannick Guerra    Yamaha    ESP    1'45.362


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