EUGENE LAVERTY STRUGGLES AND HAS TO SETTLE FOR TWELFTH POSITION.
Donington, 12 May 2012 – The Saturday sessions at Donington Park provided the Aprilia Racing Team with a situation that is decidedly more promising than yesterday’s. In the two sessions held before Superpose, Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty defended themselves well, showing excellent race pace and staying in a top ten list that was characterised by almost insignificant gaps.
Max started Superpole with the firm intention of going through to the top eight and making a play for the front row. And so it was: the Corsair came through the first and second session with relative ease, succeeding in the end (using a racing tyre) in putting the fourth time on the board, which earns the front row of the starting grid for the two races tomorrow.
But according to Max Biaggi there is still much work to do: “Compared to yesterday we have definitely improved, but there is still something missing because we are still struggling too hard to get everything to fall into place. The others are ahead of us. They’ve demonstrated speed on the fast lap and good race pace again today. In order to keep up with them we need better management of the bike which will allow me to be quicker and more consistent right from the start: if we want to be in it to the end, we cannot afford to lose contact with the front runners”.
Eugene Laverty also showed encouraging progress, especially in the last free practice session. In view of the races, the Northern Irish rider’s synergy with his RSV4 is good, but once again the Superpole betrayed him. With a qualifying tyre Eugene had to give in to a bothersome chattering problem which kept him from being fast in the second session. Laverty will start from the twelfth spot on the grid tomorrow.
“We struggled once again in Superpole. We had some difficulties in all the sessions, but in the last free practice we made significant progress with some changes to the bike’s set-up. Unfortunately the soft qualifier caused some annoying chattering that created quite a few problems for me. We’ll start from the third row, but I’m encouraged by the fact that I’ve got a good race pace even after the tyre starts to wear”.
2. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1m 27.864s
3. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1m 28.177s
4. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1m 28.340s
5. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 1m 28.420s
6. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 1m 28.546s
7. Leon Camier GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 28.551s
8. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1m 28.785s
9. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 28.497s
10. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 1m 28.614s
11. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 1m 28.683s
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1m 29.032s
13. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 29.236s
14. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R 1m 29.319s
15. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 1m 29.371s
16. Chaz Davies GBR ParkinGO MTC Aprilia RSV-4 1m 29.493s
Did not progress to Superpole
17. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 1m 30.008s
18. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 30.237s
19. Peter Hickman GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 30.296s
20. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R 1m 30.402s
21. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR 1m 31.102
22. Leandro Mercado ARG Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.540s
23. Gary Mason GBR Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 33.103s
Donington Park official WSBK lap records
Best lap: Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 27.716s (2012)
Race lap record: Noriyuki Haga JPN PATA Aprilia RSV-4 1m 29.137s (2011)