Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
WSB : Second row for Yamaha Italia duo

Round: 8 - Europe
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Date: 6 August 2005
Temp: 24C
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Motor Italia riders Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt will start tomorrow's
two 25-lap superbike races from the second row after a strong showing in
superpole at Brands Hatch today.

Both riders clocked their best lap of the weekend on their grid deciding
qualifying lap, with the popular Haga recording sixth with a 1:27.044 while Pitt
will start alongside his Japanese team-mate, in seventh, just a fraction of a
second behind with a 1:27.192.

Ending regular qualifying in third and fifth respectively, there was a slight
disappointment at being unable to improve the rider's provisional grid positions
but the team, boosted by Haga's win last time out in Brno, have been impressed
by the strong showings of both riders throughout the race weekend. In race trim,
Haga was fastest in the final free practice session, with Pitt also able to put
in consistent lap times on race settings.

Yamaha Motor France rider Norick Abe endured a tough initiation to the Brands
Hatch circuit, slipping back to 21st place on his first outing at the
technically demanding English circuit, one place ahead of team-mate Sbastien

Pole position for tomorrow's race will be championship leader Toy Corser

Noriyuki Haga

"We have been strong all weekend. The bike is not 100 percent how I want it, but
it is close and we will try a few more things to make it even better for the
race. My superpole lap was ok, not perfect but not bad. I think we can be
strongest when it matters most in the race."

Andrew Pitt

"I made a bit of mistake at Dingle Dell, which cost me some time, but I'm happy
to be on the second row and happy with our preparations for the race. I've had a
good feeling for the bike all weekend and now I just can't wait for tomorrow's
race. I'll be looking for a good start and aiming to get on the podium."

Massimo Meregalli

"I am very happy with how things have gone so far this weekend, but of course it
tomorrow's race that matters. Both our riders have found good settings and we
are decided on which tyres we will use in the race. Noriyuki always likes to try
some last minute changes to the bike, so we will try a few things there, but
otherwise we are all looking forward to the races."

Norick Abe

"Brands Hatch is another new circuit for me and although I was able to improve
my time from yesterday, unfortunately the other riders improved more. For the
race we still have a few more adjustments to make and with some good starts I
can make improvements in the races."

Round: 8 - Europe

Circuit: Brands Hatch
Circuit Length: 4197m
Lap Record: 1' 26.755 (Shane Byrne, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 26.248 (Shane Byrne, 2003)
Date: 6 August 2005
Temp: 24C

Session 2:

Pos.Rider          Manufacturer  Nat.  1st Qualifying  2nd Qualifying   Superpole
 1  T. Corser      Suzuki        AUS   1'27.123        1'26.957         1'26.672
 2  K. Muggeridge  Honda         AUS   1'27.742        1'27.569         1'26.833
 3  J. Toseland    Ducati        GBR   1'28.072        1'27.674         1'26.910
 4  R. Laconi      Ducati        FRA   1'27.652        1'27.173         1'26.982
 5  C. Walker      Kawasaki      GBR   1'27.656        1'27.440         1'27.014
 6  N. Haga        Yamaha        JPN   1'28.541        1'27.065         1'27.044
 7  A. Pitt        Yamaha        AUS   1'28.023        1'27.236         1'27.192
 8  C. Vermeulen   Honda         AUS   1'28.056        1'27.010         1'27.196
 9  L. Lanzi       Ducati        ITA   1'29.863        1'27.424         1'27.618
10  S. Martin      Petronas      AUS   1'28.318        1'27.788         1'27.653
11  G. McCoy       Petronas      AUS   1'29.198        1'27.985         1'27.672
12  Y. Kagayama    Suzuki        JPN   1'27.767        1'28.399         1'27.883
13  D. Hobbs       Yamaha        GBR   1'29.093        1'27.956         1'27.961
14  G. Bussei      Kawasaki      ITA   1'29.228        1'27.827         1'28.230
15  P. Riba        Kawasaki      ESP   1'28.932        1'27.470         1'28.378
16  B. Bostrom     Honda         USA   1'28.926        1'27.646
21  N. Abe         Yamaha        JPN   1'29.044        1'28.661
22  S. Gimbert     Yamaha        FRA   1'28.750        1'28.813
23  G. Vizziello   Yamaha        ITA   1'28.960        1'29.153
24  L. Alfonsi     Yamaha        ITA   1'29.880        1'29.079
25  J. Cardoso     Yamaha        ESP   1'30.656        1'29.356

Curtain second fastest at Brands Hatch


Kevin Curtain will start tomorrow's eighth round of the Supersport World
Championship from second on the grid after setting a stunning lap in today's
final qualifying session.

The 39-year-old Yamaha Motor Germany rider took advantage of improved weather
conditions and a new tyre option to improve his Friday time by over a second,
ending the day with a best of 1:29.196. Team-mate Broc Parkes also found an
improvement of over a second and will start from the second row of the grid,
his 1:29.723 being good enough for eighth.

Championship leader Sbastien Charpentier (Honda) starts the 23 lap race from
pole position, with a circuit best time of 1:28.376. Gianluca Nanelli (Ducati)
and Michel Fabrizio (Honda) complete the front row of the grid.

Kevin Curtain

"I gave it everything I had on that fast lap and didn't worry about crashing. We
were trying out a new tyre so it was a bit of a gamble, but she stayed on the
rails and held together well. I'd have liked to have got into the 1:28s but I
think that what I did was the best possible. The new tyres worked well but we'll
have to do more endurance testing during the morning warm-up to see if they will
last the race distance."

Broc Parkes

"Second row again! I had a tough session and didn't really find a good rhythm,
which wasn't helped by the fact that there always seemed to be a queue of four
or five riders waiting to get a tow from me. Pirelli supplied us with some
different specification tyres for this race and they definitely work better with
our bike. We'll use the new front in the race and will decide on the rear in the
morning warm-up."