Team Hero EBR
Chang International Circuit, Thailand 20-22nd March 2015
Qualifying and Superpole – 21st March
Conditions: Changeable, overcast
Team Hero EBR rider Niccolo Canepa placed 18th after the first Superpole qualifying session at the Chang International Circuit today, with his team-mate and team manager Larry Pegram 23rd on the grid.
Niccolo has a sixth row starting position for each scheduled 20-lap race in Thailand, with the Italian rider feeling he has recovered well from the snapped tendon he suffered at the previous round in Australia.
For Pegram simple bad luck prevented him from having the chance to improve on his first day regulation qualifying times, as the final session this morning proved to be wet – just as the riders took the track.
In these wet circumstances he had no opportunity to improve on his Friday best lap time and he ended up 23rd on the grid, missing his chance of moving into Superpole 1 with Canepa.
With seriously long straights and a relatively simple layout the beautifully appointed circuit in Thailand provides few places for the Hero EBR 1190RX to show off its sweet handling but both riders are determined to make a good showing at the new circuit come raceday.
“We needed to move into the top 20 to get into Superpole today, after a not-so-good first day, but then it rained this morning for the final qualifying session. In the fourth practice session, which does not count for qualifying, we got up to 19th so it showed we could have made it if it had not rained this morning. I feel that we are getting quicker, learning and getting faster every weekend. Tomorrow, I think will be good because we have improved our pace and there will be a lot of attrition through the field because of the heat. By the end of the second race it will have been a hard day for everyone.”
“In the corners the bike is better than many of the top ten guys and on corner exits I am doing well. In that area the bike is amazing but there are too many straights at this track. We maybe have to wait for Assen and Imola and tracks like those. It is a bit frustrating for us here so far but the team is doing an amazing job. Riding the bike is an amazing experience but we cannot do any more right now.”