Weather conditions: Sunny.
Number of riders participating: 21 from 12 teams
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing) 1:48.115 min
Fastest lap Superpole 3: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:47.081 min
Mixed emotions for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport after the Superpole Qualifying at Miller Motorsport Park close to Salt Lake City (USA): Although neither of the BMW, riders Ruben Xaus (ESP) and Troy Corser (AUS), made it into the final session, both riders’ lap times on race tires were not too bad. In the end, Ruben missed Superpole 3 by only the blink of an eye and finished ninth. Troy crashed on his flying lap in the second Superpole session, but luckily returned to the garage unhurt. He will start tomorrow’s races from 15th.
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:49.477 min / Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:49.580 min / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:48.141 min
“On the one hand I am disappointed because I missed the final Superpole session by just two hundredths of a second, while on the other hand I am really happy: If someone had told me yesterday I would start ninth, I would not have believed it. We were looking for a good position on the grid. Now I am hoping for good starts tomorrow. I am optimistic for tomorrow as I believe our pace on race tires is good.”
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:48.318 min / Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:49.311 min / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:48.706 min
“I have reason to be happy. I can do good lap times on the race tire and the bike settings feel quite good. Unfortunately the qualifying tire was not easy to ride on. I had chattering on the out lap, and when I approached turn 1 on my flying lap I braked, as usual, but when I released the brake I fell off the bike. I tried not to damage the bike too much, and I am happy not to be hurt. I hope I can take advantage of the long straight before turn 1 when starting tomorrow’s races.”
Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager):
“We have improved a lot today. Both riders did good lap times on the race tire, but the result of the Superpole is a bit unlucky: Ruben missed the final Superpole session only by two hundredths of a second. Troy obviously compromised a possible starting position from one of the two front rows with a crash. However, in the morning he showed he is quick. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s races.”