World Supersport champion Fabien Foret and team-mate Pere Riba experienced a difficult first qualifying session at the fast and challenging Assen circuit, with Riba
finishing 14th and Foret 16th.

Riba, who experienced difficulties with changes of direction at a track where this aspect of the set-up package is of paramount importance, tested many alterations to his machine. For Foret, a small technical problem reduced the available track time, making for a frustrating session in uncharacteristically warm track conditions.

The team has not had the opportunity to test the leading edge ZX-6RR at Assen, and had no previous set-up data, as this is the first season of competition for the team with its new style machines, and also only the second year that the revised Assen layout has been in use.

"We are working with the handling on the bike," Riba revealed, "The track is new for the team and it is very important to be able to change direction well. We struggled this morning and made progress this afternoon, but we are still a long way from the times we need to be doing. We have a lot of work to do and a number of things
to try."

The ten Kate Honda duo of Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge led the way in qualifying, as Honda and Yamaha proved to have the legs on Kawasaki.

"Fabien's number one bike had a water leak, so he was forced to use his second bike, which he has not ridden this weekend," explained Kawasaki team manager Christian Bourgeois, "He only did one fast lap on the bike so, considering this, his position is not so bad. We have lots of things to try tomorrow, with tyres and fuel mixture, so we hope for a better day."

 

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