WCM's David de Gea qualified 24th out of 26 today at Motegi, lapping with a second of the factory Kawasakis and Moriwaki Racing machine directly ahead of him, whom he plans to beat tomorrow.

"Today was very good for me. We've found some good settings and have an excellent tyre selection for the race tomorrow. I feel comfortable on the bike and really look forward to the race tomorrow. I plan to start quick and hopefully finish ahead of the Moriwaki and Kawasaki bikes," said the Spaniard.

Team-mate Chris Burns was less pleased, finishing 26th and last, but now has his sights set on a first GP finish.

"Well I improved on yesterdays time, which is good and we have just a few minor problems with the chassis to work on tonight. We've got our race tyres sorted for tomorrow, a good rear tyre and no problems at all with grip. I am looking forward to the race and hoping that tomorrow I will finish my first GP of the year," said the Brit.

"A good day, a great step forward by both guys. Chris of cause still needs time to learn the track but he certainly made progress," stated team manager Peter Clifford. "A superb performance from David with not only an impressive qualifying time but also some good laps on race tyres which encourages us to think the he could have some fun tomorrow."

 

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