News 21 Jun 2009

WSBK: Yamaha's Spies third, Sykes 14th for Sunday's races

Yamaha Racing:

Yamaha World Superbike rider Ben Spies spent the second day of qualifying at the Misano circuit laying down consistent fast laps in all sessions to perfect set up and race pace for Sunday’s races. The American rider looked fast and on the pace as he stayed in the top three places for the duration of the day. Superpole saw him work hard to make it through all three sessions and he will start tomorrow’s race in third position from the front row of the grid.

Tom Sykes made further improvements from yesterday’s qualifying session and is beginning to show the results from the changes in set up. Bad weather affected the second qualifying session and gave little opportunity for him to capitalize on the changes. Sykes made it through the first Superpole session in ninth and was holding on for the third session until the last minute when he was bumped out. He will start tomorrow’s race from the fourth row of the grid in 14th position for tomorrow’s races.

Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (3rd, 1’35.631)
“it was a good session for us today we just weren’t fast enough at the end. I never managed to put a perfect lap in but even if I had I think it would have been right there with Smrz so it’s not like we were going to blow anything out of the water. Our race pace is good and I’m really happy with that. You can’t win them all, I’m really happy to be on the front row, we’re in a good position for turn one so I’m going to try and get a good start and have a great race.”

Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team (14th, 1’36.978)
“we’ve definitely cured a couple of our set up problems this weekend and we’re heading in the right direction. We’ve still got some work to do on the front so I can take some of the corners like I want to. We’re only .9 of a second off the quickest but that means quite a few places down the grid. We’ve made up two seconds over the last two days so if we can make some more in warm up we should be up there.”

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
“Third place is a good result, to start from the first row of the grid is the target so we’re happy. We’ve had so many Superpoles this year it’s become almost normal but first row is what’s important. I’m confident we can expect a really good result tomorrow. Tom made some improvements from the last couple of races and he showed us he had a good pace. The bike is working well and he’s found the right tyre combination for the race. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, we’re quite optimistic.”