Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies are confident their respective BMW GoldBet S1000RR HP4s will show their best in race conditions at Monza after missing out on the front row in Superpole.
Having set the pace on the Friday, Melandri endured a somewhat stressful start to the Superpole session when mechanical gremlins almost prevented him from making it onto circuit.
Once on track, Melandri would ease into SP3 before going on to qualify in fifth place, a result the home favourite was content with since he believes his bike will be far stronger in the races.
“I am quite happy with Superpole. We know that we are a little bit slower in qualifying sessions, so to start from the second row is a good result. I am really satisfied with my RR; especially with the front. We just need to work a little bit on the rear.
“We were able to work on race preparation and I am satisfied because I have a good race pace. In addition to that, the bike is more stable in race setup and also during braking. I hope that we will have good weather tomorrow. In dry conditions, I like the track, especially the 'Parabolica' which is an awesome corner. I am very confident.”
Following his crash on the Friday, Davies spent his day getting back into a rhythm and was happy with the bike on race tyres. However, with the qualifying tyre making the bike nervous in Superpole – prompting an off-track excursion in SP3 -, Davies would have to settle for ninth on the grid.
“This morning, I was not really satisfied with the bike. For the afternoon we made some changes and I was much happier. On a race tyre I went 1.3 seconds faster than in the morning which was a big improvement. But I was still struggling with the balance of the bike at the corner entry, this combined with the increased grip of the qualifying tyres meant that the bike became too nervous.
“That was why I went wide in Superpole 3; with the qualifying tyre, the bike did not react at the corner entry as I had expected. The guys are working on solving this now and I am confident that they will find something. Tomorrow it is important to get a good start. Regarding the race pace, we are pretty competitive.”