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A privateer Kawi ahead of both Tamada and Laconi?

Results Superpole
1 11 Corser T. AUS Yamaha YZF-R1PIT IN 1'58.053 1
2 111 Xaus R. ESP Ducati 1098 RS 08PIT IN 1'58.689 0.636 1
3 3 Biaggi M. ITA Ducati 1098 RS 08PIT IN 1'58.767 0.714 1
4 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R1000PIT IN 1'58.964 0.911 1
5 57 Lanzi L. ITA Ducati 1098 RS 08PIT IN 1'58.975 0.922 1
6 41 Haga N. JPN Yamaha YZF-R1PIT IN 1'59.017 0.964 1
7 21 Bayliss T. AUS Ducati 1098 F08PIT IN 1'59.224 1.171 1
8 34 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R1000PIT IN 1'59.285 1.232 1
9 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RRPIT IN 1'59.417 1.364 1
10 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098 F08PIT IN 1'59.450 1.397 1
11 10 Nieto F. ESP Suzuki GSX-R1000PIT IN 1'59.921 1.868 1
12 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098 RS 08PIT IN 1'59.984 1.931 1
13 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RRPIT IN 2'00.095 2.042 1
14 54 Sofuoglu K. TUR Honda CBR1000RRPIT IN 2'00.313 2.260 1
15 44 Rolfo R. ITA Honda CBR1000RRPIT IN 2'01.208 3.155 1
16 86 Badovini A. ITA Kawasaki ZX-10RPIT IN 2'01.238 3.185 1
 

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Dude, thats what I've been saying the whole time! Laconi and Tamada are over the hill. The Pederchini Kawi's are generally performing better and to top it all, pederchini buy their bikes prepared from the PSG team I believe.

I'm not impressed with the PSG team at all and considering that the best honda is 9th, i don't feel too bad about the Kawi's.

I think the PSG factory supported team needs to pull their socks up!!! To be out done buy the customer team is no good!
 

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looks like the ducati cup is in full swing...prac 1, prac 2, and superpole; four out of the top 8 are on duc's....viva la displacement! :mrgreen:
 

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i hope the ducs blow up
 

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Aussie former double world champion begins quest to end his losing streak in best possible way.

A delighted Troy Corser has made it clear he is extremely intent on regaining winning form in Qatar this weekend, after converting his qualifying pace into pole position for the opening two World Superbike Championship races of the 2008 campaign.

The Aussie former double world champion proved peerless in the critical Superpole shoot-out, backing up his fastest times in the earlier two qualifying sessions with a searing lap in still windy conditions to see off his nearest rival Ruben Xaus by a staggering six tenths of a second.

“I like this track,” the 1996 and 2005 WSBK king enthused afterwards. “The Yamaha works really well here. I now feel more relaxed on the bike and I know my team well, [so] I guess my confidence is up. I have to say thanks to the guys; they have worked hard.

“We had a really good test here, so now I need to get my head down and concentrate on being consistent. I struggled in free practice two; we were trying out tyres and they weren't working like they did yesterday, so we have made some changes. I'm going for the win.”

Xaus and Sterilgarda Go Eleven team-mate Max Biaggi had said the previous day that their efforts were very much on achieving race pace, so both were understandably thrilled to seal front row starting positions in second and third, separated by less than a tenth of a second.

“The bike worked well,” Spaniard Xaus remarked. “I have been focusing on race pace and race distances. The bike is perfect, the team is good and having Max as my team-mate has made me focus more.”

“What can I say?” Biaggi added. “Everything looks good. I have improved in every session, and my feeling with the bike is good now. I made a small mistake in turn one and lost some tenths, but I'm third I am happy. I'm happy for my team and for my first time on the Ducati.”

Max Neukirchner ended up as the highest-placed Team Suzuki Alstare representative in fourth, almost a second shy of the leading pace but four places ahead of team-mate Yukio Kagayama and seven in front of early practice pace-setter Fonsi Nieto, who has slipped further away from the head of the pack as the meeting has progressed.

The consistent Lorenzo Lanzi wound up fifth, but there was less good news for Corser's Yamaha Motor Italia team-mate Noryuki Haga and Ducati Xerox star Troy Bayliss, the only man to really push the pace-setter throughout the two qualifying sessions.

Haga crashed at turn one on Thursday, when his bike developed a water leak. He high-sided and landed on his head, rendering the Japanese ace a little sore on his way to sixth on the grid during Superpole. Bayliss, for his part, has seen his testing injury from last month aggravated by the high winds, leaving him all the way down in seventh spot.

The leading 16 contenders for the two races are completed by Kagayama, Carlos Checa (the top candidate for defending champions Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Bayliss' Ducati team-mate Michel Fabrizio, Nieto, Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Racing by Grifo's), Gregorio Lavilla (Ventaxia VK Honda), Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr.), Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Honda Althea) and Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini).

Yamaha France GMT-94's Sébastien Gimbert missed the Superpole cut in second qualifying by a scant three hundredths of a second.
 

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The PSG-1 bikes from last year...
i didn't realize that...must not have been looking closely enough...doesn't make since with all the development of the 08 that the WSBK factory assisted team is on last years bike??? not a very good marketing strategy..were the 08's not available to the race teams for testing? is that why they are staying with the 07's? seems short sited given the way last year went...i understand with the 07 they have the data from last season to improve on but the kaw was never in contention for a podium except the occas wet race....i would think it would be better to be on the 08's for this season, if only preparing for the 09 season...:idea:
 

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I was hoping team Green would step it up this year but sadly does'nt appear that way:headshake
 

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That's got to be embarrassing for the factory teams...

:lol:
 

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I dare say that if the 08 Kawi doesn't make it to the podium more than a couple times this year in WSBK or AMA or BSB or some other well represented racing series then some folks over at Kawi will be looking for some new jobs.
 

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Maaaan that first race was awesome......! :banamet:
 

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I think Kawi needs full factory team if they wanna go top. I have no fact's but i believe PSG-1 team budget is very small compared to Ducati or any other factory team.
 
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