|The BMW team had a successful first day in PI.
Goldbet BMW Motorrad newbie Chaz Davies has claimed he is starting to feel that the bike is his own, as he sets the 5th fastest time in the opening qualifying session at Phillip Island. Davies had been worried after experiencing a lot of inexplicable chatter, however the Welshman’s crew seem to have managed to make the S1000RR beast into a bike Davies is comfortable riding. He said: “I am very happy. Since the last day of testing the guys have worked very hard and we came out with a good setting for today. Since we have been here, the RR has been improving all the time and everything is coming together now. I am starting to really feel like the bike is mine and I am starting to understand what effect the different changes have to this bike. In the beginning of the qualifying, we also did some work on a used tyre from the morning’s practice and I was really surprised how well the bike was working and how competitive the lap times were. For tomorrow, we’ll try to get a little bit more bump compliance in turning and we will work on fine tuning the electronics. I feel good about tomorrow when the most important thing is the Superpole – especially now as the grid is three to a row and not four.”
It was a successful day for the BMW team, Melandri, who led most of the qualifying session ended up in third place just 0.222 seconds off provisional pole man Michel Fabrizio. Melandri, who has struggled throughout pre-season testing with a shoulder injury claims his shoulder is finally getting better. Despite many riders suggesting they are worried about tyre life, Melandri seems to think they’ve found a fix at BMW: “I’m happy with both of the sessions today. We have made good progress for the race. Our goal was to find a solution to preserve tyres and we have suceeded. The track and the bike have improved a lot and my shoulder is feeling much better. For the first time I was able to ride more than two laps without the pain increasing too much, so now I’m confident for the race. Tomorrow we’ll continue our work. I’m feeling positive and looking forward to the race.”