Friday, February 23, 2007

WSBK: Qatar Qualifying - Corser, Biaggi, Toseland

I'll try to make this brief. I've got bird flu, and may lapse into hallucinations at any minute.
Troy Corser rewrote the record books at Qatar today, taking his 39th pole position. It was a blistering first Superpole lap on his brand new Yamaha Italia machine, and Corser didn't even use a qualifying tyre. Having tried a qualifier in a practise session and fallen off, he instead qualified on a very soft race tyre, making his pole position all the more impressive.
Max Biaggi astounded everybody, myself included, by taking to Superpole like a duck to water. After producing a stunning lap with his trademark ultra-smooth riding style, the Roman Emperor will line up his Suzuki in 2nd place on the grid, and will be a definite contender for the victory in tomorrow's race. (Remember folks, Qatar races are on a Saturday.)
James Toseland took 3rd on the grid, despite a scrappy lap that included a huge tyre-smoking slide around a fast left-hander. And yes, the new Hannspree Honda leathers do make him look like Buzz Lightyear.
"Nitro" Nori Haga took the final front row spot on the 2nd Yamaha Italia bike.
The much-derided Lorenzo Lanzi repayed Ducati's faith in him by qualifying in 5th, one place and one tenth of a second ahead of his team-mate Troy Bayliss.

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