Speedy Toseland claims provisional pole at Phillip Island ahead of Bayliss

Last updated at 15:21 02 March 2007

James Toseland claimed provisional pole position for the second round of the

World Superbike Championship in Australia.

The HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider set a time of one minute, 32.040 seconds

around the Phillip Island circuit to take provisional pole ahead of Australian

Troy Bayliss on the Ducati Xerox machine.

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Toseland went into the Phillip Island round joint top of the points standings

after he and Italian Max Biaggi matched results with first and second places at

Losail in Qatar.

Toseland said: "I've had in the back of my mind all day that I wanted to be

quickest - it's my manager's birthday today and I can't think of a better

present for him.

"I knew as soon as I went out this morning that the bike was working really


"We had a great setting on the bike during the test in January so I knew we

were starting from a good point. To finish 0.6 seconds ahead is a pretty good

gap. I don't want to peak too early, but so far so good."

Spaniard Fonsi Nieto continued to build on his fifth place in the second race

of last weekend's first round by putting his PSG-1 Kawasaki into third place.

Bayliss' team-mate, Italian Lorenzo Lanzi, rounded out the front row.

Biaggi could only manage sixth place on the Alstare Suzuki Corona machine but

was not too concerned.

He said: "Today was okay and we tried a few things to get the bike working

the way I wanted.

"We began with the bike more or less set up as in Qatar and then tried to

improve it.

"Today we were using a Qatar engine and it didn't feel very strong, but

tomorrow we'll put in a fresh engine. I also focussed on getting the right tyres

for the races on Sunday so today's lap times weren't so important."

Biaggi predicted all of the riders would find their tyres wearing quickly

during Sunday's two races because of the layout of the Phillip Island circuit.

"I think that, whatever tyres we use, we'll all be having problems seven or

eight laps before the end of the race," he added.

"Phillip Island is a great track, but it's very demanding on tyres because

there are many left turns and not many rights. That means one side of the tyre

wears quicker then the other so you have to be careful and try to conserve the

tyres the best you can."

Biaggi was just behind former Suzuki rider Troy Corser who is racing for

Yamaha Motor Italia this season.

The Australian's Japanese team-mate Noriyuki Haga finished the session in

eighth place, one place behind fellow countryman Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki).

However, the session ended on a bad note for Kagayama as he had to be taken to

a Melbourne hospital for further checks following a fall during qualifying.

Kagayama was kept in hospital for further checks on injuries to his left

collarbone, spleen and ribs and was not expected to feature in the remainder of

the Australian round of the series.

Britain's Dean Ellison finished the session down in 21st place after setting a

time of 1:37.249 on the Pedercini Ducati.

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