Crutchlow sets up on the front row for race day

25.10.2009: Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow continued to show the fast consistent pace needed to claim the title this weekend in today's Supersport qualifying session. The British rider was never out of the top

Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow continued to show the fast consistent pace needed to claim the title this weekend in today's Supersport qualifying session. The British rider was never out of the top three, showing consistent fast lap times throughout the session. Crutchlow ended the heat with a front row start on the grid in second spot. His final time of 1'44.909 was less than a tenth of a second of pole position rival Eugene Laverty.

Crutchlow's team mate Fabien Foret had a solid session but ended still looking for something extra from his Yamaha R6. The French rider improved his set up from the first day but still felt he could find further feeling in the front end for tomorrow's race


Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (2nd, 1'44.909)

"It was a good enough session for today and I'm really happy to have qualified on the front row. I do need to be careful tomorrow, I need to stay out of the way of any less experienced riders and keep my focus. I need to do my job, which is to win the championship and not just the race."

Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (8th, 1'45.742)

"Another second row start for me, I think we're still missing something to make the bike more comfortable and stable. Otherwise I still find it hard to do one flying lap but overall my pace is good. I hope we can improve the bike a little bit in the warm up then I can manage a pretty strong race and anything could happen."

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager

"Everything is good today, Cal just missed out on pole to Eugene by a tenth of a second, he was looking hot for a couple of laps and his time did drop into the red but it didn't work out. He didn't come in to change tyres, he just continued so that may not have helped. It would have been nice to take the last pole position of the championship but it's not our target, we need the championship title, and with our lap times it should be in range. Fabien struggled a bit in qualifying with the front end, he feels the bike is a bit nervous so his ideal lap should be half a second faster. We are hoping to find a solution for that, but other than that his speed is good and he's fit and ready for it so we'll see."
 
Circuit Length: 4692
Fastest Lap Ever: 1'44.836 (Eugene Laverty, 25/10/2009)
Last Years Winner: Kenan Sofuoglu 

 
2009 WSS Portugal - Portim o 24/10/2009
Qualifying 1


1 Eugene Laverty Honda GBR 1'44.836
2 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 1'44.909
3 Michele Pirro Yamaha ITA 1'45.087
4 Kenan Sofuoglu Honda TUR 1'45.157
5 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 1'45.161
6 Garry McCoy Triumph AUS 1'45.366
7 Miguel Praia Honda POR 1'45.436
8 Fabien Foret Yamaha FRA 1'45.742
9 Mark Aitchison Honda AUS 1'45.886
10 Barry Veneman Honda NED 1'46.052
11 Andrew Pitt Honda AUS 1'46.072
12 Katsuaki Fujiwara Kawasaki JPN 1'46.216
13 Massimo Roccoli Honda ITA 1'46.443
14 Chaz Davies Triumph GBR 1'46.514
15 Martin Cardenas Honda COL 1'46.614
18 Kev Coghlan Yamaha GBR 1'47.467
20 Doni Tata Pradita Yamaha IDN 1'48.429
23 Yannick Guerra Yamaha ESP 1'48.899
25 Marcin Walkowiak Yamaha POL 1'50.233


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