Saturday, November 1, 2014

Team Pata Honda's Haslam & Rea Qualify in Top-7 for Season Finale eni Superbike World Championship Round in Qatar

Second row for Haslam under lights of Qatar
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Losail - Qatar    01.11.2014
Second row for Haslam under lights of Qatar
Pata Honda’s Leon Haslam will start tomorrow's final two races of the 2014 World Superbike championship from the second row of the grid after setting the sixth-fastest time in this evening’s Superpole at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
The 31-year-old British rider has spent all weekend fine-tuning the setting on his Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and was able to extract an improved performance from his qualifying tyre in the latter stages of the Superpole session, in which Italy’s Davide Giugliano took pole position.
Haslam’s Pata Honda team-mate Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two 17-lap races at the 5.380km Losail circuit from the head of row three after crashing out of contention unhurt when he took to the track on his qualifying tyre.
Rea has been at or near the top of the leaderboard in all sessions this weekend but admitted he was perhaps over-eager to secure pole position in this final event of the 2014 season as he pushes to regain third place in the series.
Tomorrow’s first two night races in the 26-year history of the World Superbike championship will go at 19.00 and 22.00 local time in Qatar which is GMT +3hrs.
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam - P6, 1m58.005s
I’m really happy actually, and moving from the race tyre to the qualifier in Superpole, everything stayed stable which is what we’ve been aiming for all year. The last few rounds have been quite positive with the way we’ve got the balance of the bike and the way we’ve got the electronics working. I made a little mistake on the Q and I think the lap could have been a little bit quicker but I’m on the second row for the last two races of the year and I’m really, really happy.
Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea - P7, 1m58.190s
Well, it’s not the best grid position to start the last races of the season. Throughout the practices we’ve been really strong in all the sessions and the package is working really, really well here. In the first part of Superpole I was quite competitive on a race tyre and, when it came to use the qualifier I, er... well, maybe I wanted the pole position a little bit too much! I entered turn seven a little bit too fast and tried to turn in but ran a little wide on to the dirty stuff and tucked the front. It’s frustrating because I know we had the pace to be right at the front from the beginning. It might change our tactics a little bit for tomorrow, being on the third row but, for sure, I’ll be racing for the podium. But we want to win because I think the CBR is working really well here and that&r squo;s a real possibility.
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Leon showed immediately in Superpole that he was quite strong and he was able to improve another seven tenths when we put in the qualifier, which brought him the second row. That is really good and I’m happy to see him there; maybe some last tweaks to the bike in warm-up and I’m sure he can fight in the top five. Jonathan has been fast in all sessions this weekend and in the first part of Superpole on the race tyre. Unfortunately he had a small crash on the qualifier but that still gives him seventh position on the grid. Knowing that he has the pace to fight for the victory, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s races.
Night Race
  Qualifying Results
1  Davide Guigliano1m57.033sITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
2  Loris Baz1m57.281sFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3  Tom Sykes1m57.468sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Chaz Davies1m57.562sGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
5  Sylvain Guintoli1m57.833sFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
6  Leon Haslam1m58.005sGBRHONDAPata Honda
7  Jonathan Rea1m58.190sGBRHONDAPata Honda
8  Marco Melandri1m58.355sITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
9  Eugene Laverty1m58.379sIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
10  Toni Elias1m58.583sESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
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