Cal Crutchlow was delighted to have taken provisional pole position for the second round of the World Supersport Championship in Qatar as he embarks on his first race weekend at Losail.
Capping off a successful day for Yamaha, who also secured the Superbike pole position with Ben Spies, Crutchlow and team-mate Fabien Foret scored a 1-2 for the team to set themselves up for the remainder of the weekend.
Crutchlow was a tenth quicker than Foret but, more importantly, was comfortably ahead of early championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu on the Ten Kate Honda. With this in mind, Crutchlow is already eyeing a podium come the races.
“Not too bad a day for me considering I've never really done much on this track, it's been good for me to come to a circuit were everyone else has been before and still perform well. The track is good, it seems to suit our bike quite well too. We've still got some stuff to work on and I'm looking to make the most of tomorrow's testing and hopefully we can make a break in the race. I'd like to see us on the podium on Saturday.”
Foret, meanwhile, was in impressive form on the second R6 as he continues to undergo treatment for the shoulder injury he sustained in Australia.
“I'm a little bit sore, my shoulder is still achy and a bit tired. I'm surprised as I thought it would be completely better. We have it strapped up to ride with but it's not as good as I expected. This morning we had a few issues in practice, then I tried some new settings this afternoon in the early sessions before eventually moving back to last year's set-up.
“That felt good and we managed to get a reasonable time in the end. By the end of the session I was pretty confident, so I'm happy with the bike, just the shoulder is a bit tense and not so strong. I'm taking it easy and tomorrow will try to save a bit of my strength for the race itself.”