Garry McCoy may be set to leave the Kawasaki team at the end of the year, but today he proved his motivation is as high as ever when he put the ZX-RR into a best ever twelfth for his home GP at Phillip Island.

McCoy sliced half a second off his Friday time but would have liked slightly cooler track conditions to maximise the performance of his soft qualifying tyre. The wind also impacted on McCoy's ability to get the best out of his 'Ninja'.

"I had a plan to go even faster today, but the wind and the hotter track put paid to that," he confirmed. "The wind has been a lot worse here, but it was hard to hold a tight line through the fast left at turn three and then adjust for some of the other corners.

"A soft qualifying tyre is usually good for one lap, and the Dunlops work well here, but the hot track meant I was struggling two corners from the finish. I'm happy to be the fastest Kawasaki qualifier so far this season and in front of some of the other factory riders, but it's a normal day for me, just going flat out," he stated firmly, responding to claims he's trying harder than usual this weekend.

Team manager Harald Eckl may be set to split with McCoy, but backed his rider to get the job done tomorrow and complete a great weekend for Kawasaki with a points haul.

"Garry did a good job today, to put us another step forward and in front of some of our factory rivals with much more MotoGP experience," said the German. "From the third row I think Garry has the race package to be in the points; he can do the job for us."

But while McCoy built on his strong Friday qualifying effort there was frustration for countryman, and team-mate, Andrew Pitt, who was hugely disappointed with the outcome the hotly contested final qualifying session.

Pitt was particularly unsettled by the windy conditions and managed only a marginal improvement in lap times and, in the highly competitive world of MotoGP, this cost him dearly with a slide nine places to 21st - on the sixth row of the grid.

"This is a day I'd rather forget," admitted the former World Supersport champion. "I'm never happy being at the back and things didn't turn out after such a positive day yesterday. The wind upset my rhythm and it was hard to get the bike to turn in how I like it. I just couldn't get on the pace to go any faster. Our race package looks consistent, but I've given myself a bit of challenge to score some points at Phillip Island. Racing here is always competitive, so I just hope tomorrow produces something better for me."

"Andrew has been doing consistent times with his race set-up and he has been working hard on that all weekend, so even though he would prefer to start closer to the front, I think he has chance of scoring points in his home race," maintained Eckl.

 

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