Leon Haslam and Troy Corser will start from fifth and sixth positions on the grid for the sixth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship after retaining their good form in the wet at Misano.
Haslam and Corser have both been amongst the front runners in the dry around the Adriatic circuit throughout the weekend, this despite Corser hurting himself in an accident towards the end of Q1 yesterday.
It was pace they were able to translate into Superpole, despite the added factor of rain, both Haslam and Corser making it through to SP3 and qualifying fifth and sixth on the grid respectively, though the former did potentially miss out on the front row after crashing on his final lap.
“I am relatively happy with the overall result today,” Haslam said. “It was tough out there with a lot of riders crashing and making mistakes. I must admit I struggled through Superpole 1 and Superpole 2, but the team worked hard and we made some positive changes, which meant I was able to set good times in Superpole 3. In the final session I was following Carlos Checa - in places I was faster and in others he was faster.
“On the last flying lap I went into turn four and sadly crashed out. We ended up fifth on the grid. It would have been nice to be on the front row but we should be happy with our result. We have a few issues that seem to be affecting us in both wet and dry conditions, but hopefully we can sort them for the races tomorrow.”
Having declared himself fit to race this morning, Corser very nearly left himself on the sidelines again when he crashed during Q2 and landed on his pained hip. Nonetheless, the Australian 'played it safe' in Superpole to claim sixth.
“This morning I did not feel too bad on the bike, as the swelling had gone down and my lap times were quite good. Then I had a small slide and fell on my hip again. It became inflamed again and I struggled all day with it. Changing direction was difficult, especially in the wet, where you have to get off the bike a bit more so as not to lose the front.
“So I just tried to avoid another crash and to fall on my hip again. Also we did not have fantastic rear grip in the wet, so I had a couple of little slides. Because of this I played it safe. But I think my hip should be alright tomorrow. For the races I would prefer it to be dry, because then you don't have to worry too much about crashing. In the wet it is so slippery out there.
“I am just happy I made it to Superpole 3 and finished sixth, as that was better than I expected. If we can get a good start tomorrow we can make it to the front, and our lap times are not too bad.”