Team SBK Ducati Alstare and riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini
experienced another challenging day on track at MotorLand Aragon today.
In the second Superpole of the 2013 championship Checa qualified in
tenth position and Badovini in thirteenth, meaning they will line up on
the fourth and fifth rows of the grid respectively in tomorrow's races.
second qualifying this morning, and on a much cooler track than
yesterday, both Ducati Alstare riders improved in terms of lap time on
board their Ducati 1199 Panigale bikes. While Carlos recorded a 1'59.6
in the final stages, improving on his best time set yesterday by four
tenths, Ayrton closed with a best time of 2'00.1, half a second quicker
than yesterday. Thanks to these times both Ducati Alstare riders
therefore qualified for Superpole in thirteenth and fourteenth position.
Superpole 1 - Carlos made a first exit on a race tyre but,
finding himself ninth after making one fast lap, he decided together
with his team to go out on a qualifier. Thanks to a lap time of 1'59.0,
he closed in final twelfth position, thus progressing to the second
phase. Ayrton, who didn't race in Australia, was therefore using the new
qualifying tyre for the first time here at Aragon. He recorded a best
time of 1'59.4, coming in just behind his team-mate in thirteenth
position. Unfortunately, with only the top twelve progressing to the
second phase, this meant that his Superpole came to a close there.
2 - Checa followed the same strategy in this second phase, making a
fast lap on race rubber before going back out on the second qualifier.
His best time, a 1'58.3, positioned him tenth at the end of the phase;
he missed out on the third phase by a fraction of a second.
Checa: ‘We're worked quite well but our current limits prevented us
from progressing further than the second stage. It's a shame that we
missed out on the final phase by such a small margin but I don't think
there is much difference between ninth and tenth position in the end.
We're still having problems through different sections of the track and
the others have better top speed of course. Tomorrow will be a really
challenging race day - the gap between us and the leaders is pretty big.
I can only do my best and we'll see...'
Ayrton Badovini: ‘It's
the first time that I've used the new qualifying tyre and I definitely
didn't get as much out of it as I could have. It wasn't at all easy.
During the sessions I've started to improve the feeling I have with the
bike but we still have a lot of work to do to resolve the problems we're
having, especially exiting the corners. Tomorrow I cannot say how it'll
go - we don't know what our race pace will be like. Of course we don't
expect to be able to stick with those right at the front but I hope to
be able to battle with the group in front of me.'
(Superpole): 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'56.3; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'56.6; 3.
Davies (BMW) 1'56.8; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'57.4; 5. Cluzel (Suzuki)
1'57.5; 6.Baz (Kawasaki) 1'57.8; 7. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'57.9; 8.
Melandri (BMW) 1'58.2... 10. Checa (Ducati Alstare) 1'58.3.... 13.
Giugliano (Ducati Alstare) 1'59.4