Valencia : Ilmor SRT - Day Two
In perfect racing conditions Ilmor completed their second MotoGP qualifying session today in Valencia.
Rider for the Wild Card MotoGP team Garry McCoy clocked up 25 laps aboard the brand new Ilmor SRTX³ during the hour long session.
the track heated up during the afternoon by 10° to 34° in comparison to the morning practice session McCoy's tyres found a little more grip as he put the X³ through its paces in front of the sell-out crowd at the Spanish circuit.
McCoy's time improved significantly although the team acknowledge that there is still plenty of work to be done ahead of the final round of the World Championship tomorrow.
Italy's darling and reigning MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi takes pole position tomorrow after putting in a stunning performance for the Camel Yamaha Team. The fastest Spaniard on track was Honda rider Dani Pedrosa who qualified sixth in front of his home crowd, one place behind his team mate Nicky Hayden.
Garry McCoy, Ilmor X³ Rider: “I'm happy, we have improved on yesterday's performance and the bikes development is definitely moving forward. There are a few problems with the front of the bike and we still have a chatter issue to contend with but on the whole the problems are minor and being gradually ironed out. There are a couple of electronical gremlins that need to be fixed also, I think once that's done, we should see a significant improvement in the bikes performance.”
Mario Illien, Owner, Ilmor: “We have made some small improvements relative to the third practice session this morning.
We are still not where we need to be in terms of speed but we are slowly improving and we're definitely learning more about the tyres. There was a small clutch issue but we're dealing with it and I think we should see an improved lap time tomorrow.”
Eskil Suter, Owner & CEO, Suter Racing Technology: “I think qualifying today shows that there is still a lot of work to be done – we are too slow and we need to improve across the board. The good news is that following yesterday and today, we now know where the problems are and we can begin to fix them ahead of the race tomorrow. Our biggest factor is time – we haven't had enough time here in Valencia. In Estoril, at least we were able to test there and learn the track prior to the race. As we said in Estoril, the two wild card races are really extended tests and every minute we have on the track here we learn more and more.”
Alessandro Giussani, Chassis Designer: “We're definitely improving and I think we have the best set-up so far this weekend in terms of suspension and the balance of the bike – the geometry of the bike has improved so overall the set-up is looking better. We still have some chatter issues similar to the problems we experienced in Estoril but the team are very focussed and I believe we're doing everything possible to solve this.”