Corser on pole

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Troy Corser took his 34th career pole position at Valencia almost two tenths of a second ahead of Troy Bayliss.

Bayliss went out last and set a storming lap despite running on a race tyre instead of a qualifier.

The Suzuki rider went slowly in the first third of the lap after losing the rear twice, but when the tyre got up to full heat he pulled it back laping under Bayliss’ time for the remaining two thirds of the lap.
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Lorenzo Lanzi joined his Ducati team-mate Bayliss on the front row with Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin putting in a storming lap to take the final front row space.

Kawasaki’s dominate the second row with the PSG-1 team taking three of the four places.

Fonsi Nieto was the fastest of the three followed by Regis Laconi and Britain’s Chris Walker, Yamaha rider Norick Abe was the only non Kawasaki taking his Yamaha to eighth place overall.

Former champ James Toseland had a torrid lap looking like he had no grip at all and spending much of the lap sliding out of corners, eventually finishing heading the third row.

Yukio Kagayama will start the race in 12th place after a crash at the end of the free practice session left him in the medical centre when he should have been taking part in Superpole.

Superpole times:

Corser T. 1’34.992

Bayliss T. 1’35.175

Lanzi L. 1’35.203

Martin S. 1’35.255

Nieto F. 1’35.351

Laconi R. 1’35.410

Walker C. 1’35.452

Abe N. 1’35.701

Toseland J. 1’35.784

Haga N. 1’36.115

Pitt A. 1’36.214

Kagayama Y.

Xaus R. 1’36.362

Foret F. 1’36.502

Rolfo R. 1’36.786

Barros A. 1’36.887

Non superpole qualifiers:

Neukirchner M. 1’36.480

Fabrizio M. 1’36.534

De Gea J. 1’36.569

Borciani M. 1’36.638

Nakatomi S. 1’36.659

Iannuzzo V. 1’36.975

Nannelli G. 1’37.019

Clementi I. 1’37.308

Brignola N. 1’37.443

Bussei G. 1’37.520

Jones C. 1’38.410

Del Amor J. 1’37.665

Fuertes S. 1’38.155

Battaini F. 1’38.273

Pedercini L. 1’38.668

Monge J. 1’39.082

Alfonsi L. 1’39.117

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff