Bikes: Alstare on 2nd & 3rd rows at Brno

Team Suzuki Alstare rider Fonsi Nieto finished seventh quickest in Superpole and will start today's pair of 20-lap World Superbike Championship races at Brno from the second row of the grid.

His team mate Yukio Kagayama is just behind on row three, with Max Neukirchner alongside him.

Ducatis dominated the front row of the grid with Troy Bayliss taking his fourth Superpole of the year. His fellow countryman Troy Corser (Yamaha) is second with Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) third and Max Biaggi (Ducati) fourth.

Fonsi Nieto - 7th, 1:59.360:

"I am happy because today I found a good rhythm over a lot of laps on race tyres and was still going consistently fast at the end of 18 laps. I made a little mistake in Superpole in the last sector but the second row of the grid is OK here. So far the weekend has been going well. I am happy with the bike and I don't think we'll make any changes in the warm-up tomorrow morning. Every time we go out, the grip improves and I think there will be even more grip tomorrow. Whatever happens, I am going for the podium in both races.

Max Neukirchner - 9th, 1:59.497:

"My Superpole lap was bit funny because I didn't make any mistakes, felt good on the bike, but the time was not good! It was strange because I had a feeling like that in the free practice this afternoon when I was on race tyres. For me the grip was better in the morning than the afternoon when I had a bit of a front-end chatter. The third row of the grid is not so good, but the first corner is quite far from start so as long as I can get off the line quickly, I have a chance to be in the lead group straight away. If I can make two good starts, there is no reason why I cannot get on the podium."

Yukio Kagayama - 10th, 1:59.537:

"I am not so happy to be on the third row of the grid but I think that is because my Superpole lap was not so good.  I made a little mistake in sector two, lost some time and that was that. I got into a turn a bit too hot, braked a bit too hard and then lost my drive exiting the corner. My biggest problem at the moment is getting the best settings for the electronics. When you have good settings, you can push very hard, but we have not yet found the ideal solution.  We will try some changes in the warm-up tomorrow morning and see if we can find the best compromise for this track."

Final WSB qualifying: 1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:58.345, 2 Corser (Aus-Yamaha) 1:58.451, 3 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:58.853, 4 Biaggi (I-Ducati) 1:59.069, 5 Kiyonari (J-Honda) 1:59.318, 6 Canepa (I-Ducati) 1:59.324, 7 Fonsi Nieto (E-Suzuki Alstare) 1:59.360, 8 Smrz (CZ-Ducati) 1:59.451, 9 Max Neukirchner (D-Alstare Suzuki) 1:59.497, 10 Yukio Kagayama (J-Suzuki Alstare) 1:59.537.

SUPERSTOCK 1000:

Team Alstare Suzuki rider Xavi Simeon posted the fourth quickest time in qualifying and will start tomorrow's sixth round of this year's Superstock 1000 FIM Cup on the front row of the grid.

Aussie Brendan Roberts (Ducati) took pole position this afternoon with Michele Pirro (Yamaha) second and Maxime Berger (Honda) third.

Xavi Simeon - 4th, 2:04.150:

"I am happy to be on the front row and happy because the bike is working well and feels good to ride. I didn't have any big problems today, just a small problem with the front tyre feel. But apart from that, nothing of note. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow and I think I can make the podium for sure. I hope to get a good start, fight at the front of the pack, and be in a good position at the end. The important thing for me is to make sure I score a good number of points and maintain my championship lead.

Final Superstock qualifying: 1 Roberts (Aus-Ducati) 2:03.685, 2 Pirro (I-Yamaha) 2:03.924, 3 Berger (F-Honda) 2:03.929, 4 Xavi Simeon (B-Alstare Suzuki) 2:04.150, 5 Corti (I-Yamaha) 2:04.156, 6 Antonelli (I-Honda) 2:04.601.

WORLD SUPERSPORT:

RES Software Hoegee Suzuki rider Barry Veneman raced to a superb second place on the starting grid during today's World Supersport qualifying session.

Didier Van Keymeulen showed a good qualifying session also and will start from the twelfth position tomorrow.

Grip problems, which both riders were struggling with yesterday, were totally resolved and both Veneman and Van Keymeulen had a good feeling with the bike. Veneman was riding around the eighth position during almost the whole qualifying session. But as the last minutes of the qualifying practice were counting, he used his final chance to improve his lap time.

Van Keymeulen said yesterday that he could improve his provisional qualifying time a lot and he improved his position on the Suzuki GSX-R600 by almost 10 positions.

Marc Hoegee - Team owner, RES Software Hoegee Suzuki:

"This is just great! We are riding already for a long time with a good base set-up and we have a good race pace. But finally we were able to prove this during the qualifying session today. Barry did very well and showed some good teamwork which helped Didier to set down good lap times and to ride to 12th position. Besides this, his own qualifying time was superb. The whole team worked very well together and hopefully we will be able to turn today's performance into a good result tomorrow." 

Barry Veneman:

"I had some problems to get the right feeling during the free practice this morning. It didn't really go like I was expecting. Happily this went much better in the afternoon and I really focussed on setting down that fast lap time. Just before the end of the qualifying I improved my lap time with the last tyre. Tomorrow I have to see that I can stay with the front group from the beginning on."

Didier Van Keymeulen:

"The small problems we were struggling with yesterday during the qualifying session are all gone today. I also took a good look at the data and to Barry's riding style. I tried to copy it and so I was much faster than yesterday. Barry showed that he is a real team player because he helped me a lot. For tomorrow I do not expect a lot of problems. I practiced on my start and I think I can do well from the start. I will give everything to go home with some points tomorrow."


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