Cal Crutchlow Scores Yet Another Superpole

WSBK Report

Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow put the challenges of yesterday’s qualifying behind him today, calmly working through the Superpole sessions to lay down the fastest lap of the third heat and claim his second consecutive Superpole of the 2010 season. Unlike many of his rivals Crutchlow saved his Qualifier tyres for the second and third sessions, delivering fast enough laps on a race tyre to make it through the first heat.

Team mate James Toseland was on equally impressive form, making it calmly through the first session without using a qualifying tyre. The second heat saw him switch to his first of the sticky tyres, putting in a solid 1’33.988 to claim third with five minutes to go. Unfortunately a flurry of competitive laps as the session closed saw him drop to ninth, a mere one thousandth of a second off eighth and a chance to compete in the third session. A breakdown of the timing screens at the end of the session added to the confusion, making it unclear for some time whether he was through or not.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (1st, 1’33.615) says: "It was good last year in Supersport, we had ten poles in total and we’ve now started the tally with two for this season which is great. The team have worked really hard this weekend as it’s been difficult for us, quite like Australia, the grip level is not so good which is where we struggle. We went to Portugal and we had a lot of grip and the bike was fantastic, we’ve come here and it’s hard work again but we’re getting there. We’ll have another late night tonight and then I’ll look forward to the race tomorrow, it’s alright doing one fast lap but 23 is a different story. I think we surprised a few people today, I used the same tyres in the first qualification session today as I used yesterday, finishing in 15th but I wasn’t so worried. I knew if we could work through the stages we would be ok for the pole."

James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (9th, 1’33.988)says: "Lady luck doesn’t seem to be shining on me at the start of this season! To lose out by one thousandth is a frustrating blow, especially as I knew the time was there. I wanted to save my second qualifier for the last Superpole session, for sure we could have done a similar time to Cal. It was definitely possible. Congratulations to Cal for another pole position, putting the bike where it should be. I’m disappointed for the team because we’ve worked really well this weekend and improved the bike again. To lose out on the top eight by such a small time and then the confusion when the screens went down is very frustrating. We’ve come a long way with the package so we just need to get a good start tomorrow because we know we have the race pace."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager says: "We made a really good improvement from yesterday to this afternoon with both bikes. I’m so sorry for James, to lose the last Superpole by only one thousandth is something we were not expecting. By the time we realised, it was too late to do anything and go out again. I’m also really impressed with Cal, he made a very good last lap. Tomorrow I think it will be different but we’re starting from pole so we will see!"

2010 WSB Spain – Valencia 10/04/2010 SBK Superpole
Pos.    Rider    Manu.    Nat.    Total Time
1    Cal Crutchlow    Yamaha    GBR    1’33.615
2    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    1’33.840
3    Max Biaggi    Aprilia    ITA    1’33.860
4    Leon Haslam    Suzuki    GBR    1’33.961
5    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    1’34.059
6    Sylvain Guintoli    Suzuki    FRA    1’34.073
7    Jonathan Rea    Honda    GBR    1’34.235
8    Lorenzo Lanzi    Ducati    ITA    1’34.261
9    James Toseland    Yamaha    GBR    1’33.988
10    Michel Fabrizio    Ducati    ITA    1’34.021
11    Noriyuki Haga    Ducati    JPN    1’34.100
12    Shane Byrne    Ducati    GBR    1’34.246
13    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    1’34.273
14    Jakub Smrz    Ducati    CZE    1’34.280
15    Luca Scassa    Ducati    ITA    1’34.730

SBK Qualifying 2
Pos.    Rider    Nat.    QUAL I    QUAL II
1    Max Biaggi    ITA    1’34.771    1’34.218
2    Carlos Checa    ESP    1’34.220    1’34.433
3    Jakub Smrz    CZE    1’34.502    1’34.239
4    Shane Byrne    GBR    1’34.690    1’34.265
5    Leon Haslam    GBR    1’34.780    1’34.286
6    Michel Fabrizio    ITA    1’34.886    1’34.356
7    Noriyuki Haga    JPN    1’34.935    1’34.427
8    Lorenzo Lanzi    ITA    1’35.049    1’34.441
9    Sylvain Guintoli    FRA    1’35.189    1’34.442
10    Jonathan Rea    GBR    1’35.232    1’34.458
11    Troy Corser    AUS    1’35.279    1’34.476
12    Max Neukirchner    GER    1’35.555    1’34.836
13    James Toseland    GBR    1’35.203    1’34.894
14    Luca Scassa    ITA    1’35.467    1’34.933
15    Cal Crutchlow    GBR    1’35.052    1’34.938

Lap Record: 1’35.007 (Neil Hodgson, 23/04/2003)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1’33.270 (Ben Spies, 05/04/2009)
Last Years Winner: Noriyuki Haga