After two up and down sessions yesterday that restricted the amount of laps completed by both riders, today’s FP3 at a sunny Misano World Circuit on the Adriatic Coast saw Aaron Yates and Geoff May qualify for the 7th round of the World Superbike Championship, both 1190RX machines working well around the twisty Italian circuit.
Aaron and Geoff had both improved their times within the first 15 minutes to ensure their places on tomorrow’s grid before steadily continuing to improve throughout the remainder of the session.
Geoff had a small front end crash at Turn 10 but was able to remount, return to the garage before returning to the track and improving still further.
Aaron posted a series of improving laps to eventually elevate himself into 27th position, with a time close to several other riders.
Today’s further steps forward bode well for a solid pair of races for both riders tomorrow.
Aaron Yates: “I’m sorry I crashed but I was pushing very hard. I really enjoyed this track and I’m confident of a good race tomorrow because we have found the most comfortable set up since the beginning of the season. My goal for tomorrow is to finish both races inside the top 20.”
Geoff May: “Yesterday I wasn’t able to ride as much as I wanted so today I was forced to push hard to try to close the gap with the other riders. Unfortunately I pushed too hard and I crashed but I’m really enjoying the track and I hope tomorrow we can get a better result.”