|Davies is disappointed with 12th
Photo: BMW Motorrad
Britain’s Chaz Davies has said despite a positive qualifying practice performance, things started to go downhill from free practice 2. Davies missed the cut for SP3 and will start tomorrows races from 12th on the grid, with the new grid format for 2013 that means he’ll be on the 4th row. However, Davies has identified that they are capable of putting in consistent long runs: “I’m very disappointed. After yesterday I thought that we were consistently going in the right direction but today just seemed a little bit more difficult. We were very happy with the long run we did this morning in the second qualifying practice, but from free practice onwards it became difficult. Unfortunately in Superpole I was struggling with a technical issue a little bit. We are working on solving this and apart from that, I am happy with the bike. We showed that we are quite strong in our race setup and if I get a good start a lot is possible. It is just a shame that we had that issue at that critical point of the weekend.”
Marco Melandri had better fortunes than the Welshman, qualifying in 5th. The Italian acknowledging that he is in a much better position than last year when he struggled at the Australian circuit. Despite this, the Italian still reckons tomorrow will be a tough old fight: “Compared to last year, when we struggled a lot on this track, we have improved a lot. Now the bike is performing quite well and we had a good qualifying session. This afternoon the track conditions were worse than yesterday and this morning, but the team has done a great job on the bike to improve the tyres’ life. In the end we are satisfied and we got the best out of our bike. Tomorrow’s races will not be easy for all of us because of the high temperatures and the wind. While I hope that the wind will not be too strong, I don’t mind if it is warm.My shoulder is also getting a little better, probably because it is getting used to the stress from being on the bike. I am confident that tomorrow we will be consistent on the long distance of the race.”
Full times for the Superpole session can be read here.