Spies and Sykes Get to Grips with Brno - Supersport Riders Send a Clear Message
By: londonbikers.com | Published 25 July 2009, 01:57 | Views: 980 | tags: fim, sbk, wsb, wss, ssp, superbike, supersport, free practice, yamaha, world superbike, world supersport, ben spies, tom sykes, massimo meregalli, cal crutchlow, fabien foret, wilco zeelenberg, brno, czech republic
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Spies and Sykes Get to Grips with Brno
Yamaha World Superbike Team riders Ben Spies and Tom Sykes ventured out today for their first time on the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. Both riders spent the first free practice session learning the track layout and testing out the set up of their bike in advance of the afternoon's qualifying session. Spies showed his usual flair for understanding a circuit in record time, ending the session in third position just two tenths off the leader Max Biaggi. The afternoon's qualifying session saw similar action as Spies dedicated the session to working out the right tyre choice for Sunday's two races and fine tuning the set up of his R1. He ended the session in fourth, six tenths off leader Max Biaggi.
Tom Sykes worked hard today, he finished the free practice session in 21st after a frustrating session with a technical issue reducing his time on the bike. He came back out in the afternoon's qualifying and moved up to 8th midway through the session before dropping a couple of places to 16th at the end just behind championship leader Noriyuki Haga in 15th.
Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (4th, 2'00.558):
"it was a good session for us today. We weren't out there to go stupid and try and get the fastest lap, I've been concentrating on learning the circuit and working on finding the best tyres for Sunday. I think we've found the ones we want, the pace seems to be really good on them so I'm happy and the bike set up is pretty much there. We tried to fit as much as possible into today's session in the dry in case the rain comes tomorrow and I think we achieved quite a lot. Let's see what the weather brings us tomorrow."
Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team (16th, 2'01.070):
"The first session of the day wasn't that great, we had a few problems and I missed some valuable time on track which isn't ideal as I'm still trying to learn the circuit. For the second session we made some improvements and tried a couple of tyres out. We tried some different settings and I think I found a good rhythm but it was towards the end of the session so not enough time to put on a fresh tyre and make a better time. We'll only get stronger so we'll see what happens tomorrow. Weather permitting tomorrow the aim is to improve dramatically on lap times for a good two races Sunday."
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager:
"For the first day of learning the circuit I think we did well today. We found a pretty good race pace for both riders and I think we now know which tyres we want for Sunday. I think it is possibly going to rain tomorrow so it was important for us to get some good dry time on the track today to get as much data as possible for the set up for Sunday."
Yamaha Supersport Riders Send a Clear Message on Day One in Brno
Yamaha World Supersport Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Fabien Foret made it very clear in today's free practice session that they are here to win this weekend. The riders spent the entire session in first and second spot respectively with Crutchlow leading the pack with nearly a 1.5 second advantage by the end of the session. The session was red flagged briefly at the halfway point after a collision between Harms and Lowes.
Both riders ended the free practice session confident of more to come over the weekend as they continue to fine tune their set ups in advance of Sunday's World supersport race.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (1st, 2'02.334):
"it was a good day, we didn't really want to show our pace until the race but we had a few things we wanted to test so we needed do decent lap times. The lap times were done on old tyres as usual which is good as well. I think the pace is going to be fast so we have to make sure we make it work and keep on it for the rest of the weekend."
Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (2nd, 2'03.777):
"today is the happiest I've been on the bike for a while. We made some changes and it was a big step for the front of the bike. I also had a different tyre which suits me much better, I was really surprised at how good it felt. I was able to put in some reasonable lap times which was great. This track has some bad memories for me from last year but I'm really happy with the first day and I hope I continue to ride like this for the rest of the year."
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager:
"this is our first one-two this year which is great. I'm pleased for Fabien, he feels a lot better than he has done all year. He's found a good front end feeling which has helped. Cal is unbelievably fast, nearly eight tenths faster than the lap record. Hopefully the weather conditions stay stable and we'll continue to perform like this tomorrow."