Spanish star beats the weather
Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) soared away early in a ‘wet' Superpole contest to score the best lap time of 1'50.681 and thus secure his first career Superpole.
He had gambled that the weather conditions would worsen and as expected
the rains came down heavier and heavier after his hard first lap push, destroying any chance of the following riders beating his strong showing. In a day of double joy for Kawasaki, Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) took second fastest time, albeit almost four seconds slower than his team-mate.
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) was third quickest in the session despite falling and also running onto the gravel at a later stage, while the 2005 champion Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia) also secured a front row start in what were frequently challenging conditions on the wet Lausitz tarmac.
James Toseland (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was one of the early fallers in Superpole, caught out by a sudden cloudburst as the leaders started out on slick tyres on a dry track in the first minutes. He recovered and scored a second row start, in seventh. He will be joined on row two by Lausitz ‘rookie' Max Biaggi (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) who was fifth, with double faller Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Ducati) sixth. Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) completed the front row, ensuring that all the championship's ‘big guns' are on the front two rows.
Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Germany) rode to ninth place in Superpole, one up on one of the session's double fallers Roby Rolfo (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). The second factory Ducati of Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) also slid into the gravel in Superpole leaving the 2005 season Lausitz race winner only 11th on the grid.
Michel Fabrizio (DFX Corse Honda) overcame his own fall to ensure that he would finish on row three. Austrian wild-card rider Martin Bauer (Holzhauer Racing Promotion Honda) improved on his pre Superpole 16th to go 13th in the 50-minute Superpole session, while Karl Muggeridge (Alto Evolution Honda) was 14th, after suffering two falls - one of which dislocated his shoulder temporarily, the other which took the tip off of a finger.
The plucky Aussie will line up on row four for Sunday's races. Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha YZF Team) scored 15th place in Superpole, while Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) did not complete one lap, and thus starts 16th on the grid.
WSS - CHARPENTIER ON POLE AGAIN
Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) took his second pole in as many meetings, thanks to his Friday time, after the second WSS qualifying session dawned wet and none of the riders improved a previous time. Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) is thus second on the grid, Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) is third and Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda) fourth. Tommy Hill (Yamaha World Supersport Racing Team) was seventh, behind the Intermoto Czech Republic Honda of Mathieu Lagrive and the Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki of Vesa Kallio. Craig Jones (Reve Ekerold Honda) was 15th.
SBK Press Office