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FPR draw positives from second day in Brno

The Foggy PETRONAS Racing team was able to extract more positives from the second day of qualifying for the seventh round of the Superbike World Championship at Brno, Czech Republic.

Steve Martin finished the morning qualifying session ninth fastest but was only able to match that lap to finish 14th in Superpole, with Noriyuki Haga claiming his first pole position of the season.

Team-mate Craig Jones bounced back from a problematic morning session to come 18th in the afternoon free practice, his best standing in a dry session on the FP1.

Steve said: "This is a power circuit and the other bikes can probably extract more from the extra grip of the qualifying tyres than we can. It was pretty much a repeat of our test here, when I set the same times on race rubber as the qualifiers. I am pretty happy with my set-up for the race but I am going to have to be on the ball tomorrow, although it seems that lap times are dropping off pretty quickly and I seem to be able to do consistent lap times on race tyres. I was only 0.7secs off the fastest time of the morning and my best lap was faster than the quickest lap here last year, so we can draw a lot of positives."

Craig, who will start from 27th on the grid, said: "It's a real shame that this morning happened the way it did because I think I could have been in with a chance of making Superpole. I was only two seconds slower than Bayliss in the afternoon and he was using a qualifier. My times on race tyres are pretty quick but it is going to be difficult starting from where I am. I should have been a couple of rows further up. There was nothing much to achieve by pushing too hard in the afternoon but I had a bit of a point to prove and wanted to show what I could have done if I had not had the throttle-body problem in the morning."

Superpole results, Superbike World Championship round 6, Brno, Czech Republic:
1 Haga 2:00.457
2 Toseland +0.599
3 Lanzi +0.616
4 Bayliss +0.750
5 Corser +0.894
6 Kagayama +0.996
7 Pitt +1.025
8 Muggeridge +1.041
9 Laconi +1.163
10 Nieto +1.342
11 Foret 1.667
12 Fabrizio +1.751
13 Walker +1.763
14 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +2.112
15 Barros +2.300; 16 Chili +3.407

Saturday qualifying times:
1 Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 2:01.779
2 Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 2:01.783
3 Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki) 2:02.206
4 Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2:02.213
5 Haga (Yamaha Italia) 2:02.298
6 Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki) 2:02.447
7 Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki) 2:02.449
8 Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2:02.534
9 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:02.539
10 Pitt (Yamaha Italia) 2:02.566
27 Jones (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:05.152

Saturday free practice times:
1 Bayliss 2:01.857
2 Kagayama 2:02.004
3 Toseland 2:02.028
4 Lanzi 2:02.050
5 Walker 2:02.270
6 Laconi 2:02.271
7 Nieto 2:02.334
8 Muggeridge 2:02.417
9 Corser 2:02.510
10 Fabrizio 2:02.647
18 Jones (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:03.999
22 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:04.530