Melandri and Laverty get down to business on the Dutch track

16.04.2011: WORLD SUPERBIKE NETHERLANDS - ROUND 3 Assen Qualifying 1 - 15/04/2011 Yamaha World Superbike riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty experienced the historic Assen TT race track on their YZF-R1ís for the

WORLD SUPERBIKE NETHERLANDS - ROUND 3     Assen  Qualifying 1  - 15/04/2011


Yamaha World Superbike riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty experienced the historic Assen TT race track on their YZF-R1’s for the first time in this morning’s free practice session. Sunshine and a dry track proved ideal conditions to try the machine’s basic set up. The two Yamaha riders got straight down to business in order to find more suitable settings ahead of the aftrenoon’s first Qualifying session.


  Melandri encountered discomfort with the handling of his machine and lack of grip on the Dutch track. Hard work throughout the afternoon saw a huge improvement, allowing him to put in a series of consistently fast laps and complete the session in third place. The Italian also tested various tyres solutions looking for the optimum set up ahead of tomorrow’s second qualifying and subsequent Superpole sessions


  Teammate Laverty took advantage of the first practice session to regain confidence and feeling on his bike following the difficult weekend in the last round of the championship in Donington. Once satisfied this was accomplished he proceeded to work on various machine settings and tyre life to find a suitable solution for the day ahead tomorrow.
 


Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team




"We had a relatively difficult morning, experiencing a lack of grip and suffering with the handling of the bike. The team and I worked hard all afternoon. The crew did a great job trying resolving the problem and we made significant progress.


There’s still some fine tuning to be done and we need to find the most competitive tyre for the race on Sunday . Tomorrow I’m going to concentrate on qualifying, I’m aiming to secure a front row position on the grid and I think we can do it.”
       


 
Eugene Laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team



“This morning was important for me to regain confidence on the bike. We had a very tough race weekend in the last round of the championship but I’m satisfied that I managed to put that behind me in today’s free practice session. We made progress this afternoon, improving on the chassis and finding more suitable tyres.


 I completed a longer run, almost a race run and put in respectable times. Completing the session in eighth is pretty good considering we spent the day working on the setting, so overall I’m relatively satisfied.“



  Andrea Dosoli
  Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager


“I’m quite happy with the start to the weekend in Assen. After improving on the set up of the bike both Marco and Eugene tried out some softer tyres and managed to put in faster laps. There’s still some work to be done but I’m confident that we are going in the right direction. It’s very important that both riders have good results in tomorrow’s qualifying and Superpole sessions, securing grid positions in the front two rows.”
 



2011 World Superbike Netherlands

Assen 15/04/2011
   
   
1    Jakub Smrz    Ducati    CZE    1'36.058
2    Max Biaggi    Aprilia    ITA    1'36.287
3    Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA    1'36.494
4    Michel Fabrizio    Suzuki    ITA    1'36.550
5    Tom Sykes    Kawasaki    GBR    1'36.747
6    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    1'36.876
7    Leon Haslam    BMW    GBR    1'36.989
8    Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR    1'37.024
9    Jonathan Rea    Honda    GBR    1'37.073
10    Noriyuki Haga    Aprilia    JPN    1'37.106
11    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    1'37.114
12    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    1'37.364
13    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    1'37.373
14    Ruben Xaus    Honda    ESP    1'37.424
15    Ayrton Badovini    BMW    ITA    1'37.613
           


      Circuit Length: 4555
Weather: Sunny
Lap Record: 1'36.413
(Carlos Checa, 1/1/2010)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1'34.944 (Jonathan Rea, 4/25/2010)
Last Years Winner: Jonathan Rea




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