Crutchlow takes first Yamaha World Supersport pole position of 2009

World Supersport rookie Cal Crutchlow took the first Yamaha pole position of the 2009 World Supersport Championship today with an impressive time of 2″01.586. Crutchlow proved to be consistently fast, continuing from yesterday’s qualifying session where he again led the field. Crutchlow’s team-mate Fabien Foret, still recovering from a shoulder injury sustained at the previous round in Phillip Island, also put in an impressive performance with a 5th best qualifying time of 2″02.282 and starts on the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team
“it was good today, I’m happy enough. I think if we can continue that pace for tomorrow we’ll be pleased. It’s going to be a really close race though and there’s no massive advantage, everybody is still close behind. I think there’s going to be six or seven of us fighting for the front pack positions. It’s really exciting again for me to race my first race round Losail setting off from pole position, which is a great boost although only a small advantage!”

Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team
“I’m not very happy with my day, we tried some different scenarios and tried some different set-ups and they did not improve very much. My shoulder is much better today though so that’s good! Tomorrow the race day will be different, I feel confident to fight for the podium with the rest of the faster guys so we will see.”

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager
“We are pleased with what we have done today, not only lap-time wise but also result-wise and feeling-wise with the riders. Cal is very happy with the package, his race tire choices are sorted and we feel we are ready for it. It’s his first pole so it’s important for him to have a good start and set the pace directly. For Fabien the day was slightly less satisfying, he improved over half a second, but then struggled a little bit in the last qualifying session when he changed the front tire which was not so good. He did find the pace again and kept up but unfortunately he ran into back markers so it slowed him down. He is generally happy with the end of the practice and overall we know what to do tomorrow morning before we start racing.”

WORLD SUPERSPORT GRID POSITIONS

1 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR 2’01.586
2 E. LAVERTY IRL 2’01.629
3 K. SOFUOGLU TUR 2’01.810
4 A. PITT AUS 2’02.266
5 F. FORET FRA 2’02.282
6 M. LAGRIVE FRA 2’02.450
7 G. NANNELLI ITA 2’02.497
8 R. HARMS DEN 2’02.592
9 G. MCCOY AUS 2’02.634
10 M. AITCHISON 2’02.656
11 M. PIRRO ITA 2’02.664
12 A. WEST AUS 2’02.808
13 K. FUJIWARA JPN 2’02.844
14 M. PRAIA POR 2’03.098
15 J. LASCORZ ESP 2’03.111
16 P. SZKOPEK POL 2’03.163
17 M. ROCCOLI ITA 2’03.178
18 B. VENEMAN NED 2’03.215
19 G. VIZZIELLO ITA 2’03.507
20 J. GÜNTHER GER 2’03.703
21 D. DELL’OMO ITA 2’03.829
22 P. VOSTÁREK CZE 2’03.942
23 A. VOS NED 2’03.951
24 R. HOLLAND AUS 2’04.333
25 M. SMRZ CZE 2’04.504
26 J. MORILLAS ESP 2’04.710
27 F. LAI ITA 2’04.988
28 T. PRADITA INA 2’05.234
29 Y. GUERRA ESP 2’05.565
30 S. GERONIMI AUS 2’06.803

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