After overnight rain and a very wet Superstock race, there was no chance that it would be declared a dry race, even though almost everyone judged it dry enough for full slicks. The first few laps looked like they would be damp, but the teams considered that it would dry out very quickly.
Hector Barbera is the latest victim of training injuries to be forced to miss a race. The Spaniard broke both bones in his lower left leg while training, and will not be fit in time for next weekend's Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca. The Spaniard is to be treated at the Dexeus Clinic in Barcelona by Dr Mir, the famous Spanish surgeon responsible for fixing up most of the MotoGP paddock. Dr Mir will perform surgery to fix the bones in Barbera's left leg, after which he, Barbera and the team will assess Barbera's recovery period.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying on Saturday at Brno:
Rea satisfied with sixth at Brno
Jonathan Rea has declared himself satisfied after securing a second-row starting position for tomorrow’s two ninth-round World Superbike championship races at the Automotodromo Brno in the Czech Republic.
On a track with elevations that should suit the more horsey four-cylinders, the amount of time that bikes spend on their sides means that it also suits the thumpy twins. Cold weather coupled with splashes of rain meant that it was going to be an interesting and unusual day qualifying, but nobody predicted just how unusual.
Results of World Supersports qualifying at Brno:
Kenan Sofuoglu got Kawasaki a pole position after a session headed mostly by the Hondas in mixed conditions. Jules Cluzel, after leading the majority of the session had to settle for second place, two thousandths behind top place. Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes fill out the remainder of the front row. Sam Lowes, winner of the last two races, will start from the second row after crashing out at turn 11 while trying to set a fast lap at the end of the session.
Final Superpole Results:
Marco Melandri led Superpole 1 by setting the fastest lap of the weekend on his first flying lap. Eugene Laverty demonstrated how his new electronics were indeed working by going second fastest. The shock of the first session was that Max Biaggi, a man who has won eleven races here in pretty much every class, could not qualify for the second session.
Davide Giugliano was fastest again ahead of his Althea Ducati team mate Carlos Checa. Qualifier extraordinaire Tom Sykes was unable to match his morning's time, but with three riders under 2'00, Superpole is wide open.
The track had drops of rain in the first sector at the start of the session, but appears to have cleared up quickly.
Kenan Sofuoglu lead Fabien Foret ahead of four Hondas. The Kawasaki riders were the only riders able to lap under 2'04 today, ending Friday's Honda dominance of the top spots. With Jules Cluzel and Sam Lowes unable to go faster than they did yesterday, qualifying could be split across the two manufacturers.
With cold weather and threatening rain, for the majority of the qualifying session, few riders were able to improve on their qualifying times from yesterday. However, as the sunshine came out and conditions settled, with minutes to go, Tom Sykes took provisional pole, beating Davide Giugliano's time from yesterday, a time that stood throughout most of the session, by one hundredth of a second.
Carlos Checa was the only other rider to break under the two minute barrier today.
Davide Giugliano has completed a strong first day at Brno, topping free practice in the morning and then following it up with a provisional pole during the first session of qualifying in the afternoon. The Althea Ducati rider took an early lead, ceding it to BMW's Marco Melandri at the halfway mark, before taking it back with 15 minutes to go despite the rain which had spotted the track throughout. Melandri was demoted to 2nd - just, but less than a tenth of a second - finishing ahead of Eugene Laverty on the factory Aprilia and Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki.
Broc Parkes sits on provisional pole after the first qualifying session for the World Supersport class at Brno. Parkes swapped top times with Sam Lowes and Jules Cluzel throughout the session, eventually coming out on top. There is very little in it, however: Lowes follows Parkes by four hundredths of a second, while Cluzel is another hundredth behind Lowes. Fabien Foret is the first Kawasaki man, nearly seven tenths slower and the last man to get within a second of Parkes' time.
Bridgestone's traditional post-race press release after Mugello, touching on the subject of tire choice at the Italian track:
Mugello MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Thursday 19 July 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard* (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
* The hard compound rear slick tyre was available in both regular and special constructions at Mugello this weekend.
Davide Giugliano has snatched the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Brno. The Althea Ducati rider led a late charge to take over from Max Biaggi, who had in turn deposed Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider having led for a large part of the session. Jakub Smrz of the troubled Liberty Ducati squad ended the session in 2nd, at his home race of the season, while Eugene Laverty just edged his factory Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi.
World Supersport at Brno started with Fabien Foret putting in a fast time that stood for almost twenty minutes of the session, until Sam Lowes took his usual free practice spot at the top, followed by fellow Honda riders Broc Parkes and Jules Cluzel. Last weekend's entertainment, Kenan Sofuoglu, was fifth fastest.
According to Sylvain Guintoli, he no longer has a contract to ride for Liberty Racing CZ. Coupled with rumours of Effenbert not having any hospitality at their home round in Brno, this paints an unhappy picture of the team. Guintoli released the following statement on Twitter: