Simon Andrews, Michael Rutter and John McGuinness had a dry, hot and humid session to contend with at the Honda-owned 5.8 km circuit for two 30-minute qualifying sessions. Consistency and synchronicity was optimum with all 3 drivers posting 2’12 laps. There timings were as follows. Andrews quickest with 2’12.604, Rutter achieved 2’12.808, and McGuinness’ quickest lap being 2’12.954.
Neil Tuxworth said, “It’s been a good day overall and we’ve had no major problems. Our biggest issue is that two of the riders have never ridden here before so for them it is all about learning the circuit. It’s always hard to qualify here with all the local teams and the humid conditions but it’s gone reasonably well. Now it’s just a case of preparing for the race and hopefully our usual consistent performance will put us somewhere in the top ten.”
John McGuinness said “It’s been a long, tough day. We’re working really hard with the bike and have made quite a few changes during the day. We’re all within a tenth or two of each other in the 12s, which is a pretty respectable time considering the field of competition that we’re in here. I always want more but we’re trying hard and when it comes to the race we’ll just keep plugging away as we do and hopefully we’ll be somewhere in the points come the flag.”
Michael Rutter said, “It’s been a good day. I’ve had a lot to learn having never been here before and there are so many expert teams out on track We’ve learned a lot though and we’ve got the bike turning a bit better. It’s so hot and it’s going to be a very hard race but we’ll go out there and enjoy ourselves.”
Simon Andrews said, “I was quick in most sessions but at the stage that I thought I could go a bit quicker it didn’t work so well. I had two near misses that could’ve been costly but I made it back and we made some changes to the chassis that put us back in the right direction. I’m looking forward to the race, it will definitely be interesting.”