Brookes fastest in wet, but Bayliss stays on pole

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Troy Bayliss remained in provisional pole position this morning after rain in Valencia meant no one was able to improve on their lap time from the opening qualifying on Friday.

The fastest time in the wet was set by Australian Josh Brookes onboard his Alto Evolution Honda with a lap time of 1m51.638, over 17 seconds slower than the dry times yesterday.

Second place went to a smooth riding Troy Corser with fellow Yamaha man Noriyuki Haga in third.

Ten Kate Honda rider Roberto Rolfo shone in the tricky conditions and after completing 20 laps secured fourth spot, 0.3 seconds ahead of German privateer Max Neukirchner.

James Toseland ended the session in sixth spot ahead of Troy Bayliss in seventh place who restricted his laps to just seven throughout the one hour session.

With the rain continuing to fall it looks certain that this afternoons Superpole session will be declared wet, meaning that each of the top 16 riders will get a maximum of 12 laps to set their fastest time during the 50 minute session.

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider