Parkalgar Honda riders Eugene Laverty and Miguel Praia found themselves going in opposite directions on the World Supersport timesheets in Qatar following provisional qualification.
Praia had been a star of the free practice session, setting the second quickest time on the Honda CBR600RR, while Laverty found himself down in 14th position. However, come the afternoon and first qualifying, Laverty had leapt up to seventh position, while Praia dropped to 14th place.
For Laverty, the gain of around three seconds between practice and qualifying proves a big boost for the Irishman, not least because he is confident he can go even faster in final qualification tomorrow.
“The session finished well as I am seventh and, provisionally, on the second row of the grid. I'm happy with how things are progressing as we have been working through different tyre options. I started out on a hard tyre and then went for the softer one which was an improvement.
“I took a big chunk off my lap time from free practice this morning and I've dropped my time by around three seconds, so we are definitely getting there. We have a few changes to make to the front end of my Parkalgar Honda and I know once we get that how I want it I will feel even more confident than I do at the moment. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
Despite plummeting down the timesheets, Praia remained in a positive mood, insisting that he only fell away when he didn't improve his time during optimum conditions at the end of the session.
“All of the session I was pretty competitive and I stayed near the front for a long time, it was only at the end that I dropped my position. We were working on adjusting the bike for the race and I put in a lot of fast, consistent laps at a good pace. My Parkalgar Honda is fast and I know I can run race distance.
“Tomorrow we will concentrate on lap times. I'm very happy with the session, my position of fourteenth isn't so good but I will work on that tomorrow.”