Rispoli Makes it into Q3 at British Superbike
APRIL 12, 2016
It was joy for the Anvil Hire Yamaha team in the first Datatag qualifying session of the season, as James Rispoli lines up in the middle of the third row for tomorrow first race after making Q3 in his first ever BSB qualifying session, with Shaun Winfield overcoming a technical problem at the start of the session to line up 24th on the grid.
As the session started it was drama on Winfield’s side of the garage, as a technical problem saw him have to sit back and allow the team to work on the bike. After hard work from his mechanics, the 22 year old left the pits with three minutes remaining, and put in a banzai lap of a 2:09.9, only four tenths off his fastest time of the weekend. Meaning he was knocked out at the first time of asking, but finished ahead of Michael Dunlop and Stuart Easton.
However, Rispoli made it through to Q2 with a time of 2:08.8, but then in the second session of 12 minutes, ‘The Rocket’ lived up to his name posting a 2:06.3, two and half seconds quicker than he has been all weekend, meaning he would make it into the final 12 minute dash for pole.
The Florida man would post a 2:06.9, after following fellow American John Hopkins around the 3.6 mile circuit, meaning Rispoli would line up in the middle of the third row in eighth position for tomorrow’s first race.
After the session, and overwhelmed James Rispoli said: “That was crumbs man! The excitement and emotion is overwhelming, after all the sessions and being P22 all weekend then to come out and do that feels amazing. It was so frantic before we went out, we had wets mounted up and I asked one of the moto3 guys and they said it was fully dry, so we had to change them to slicks straight away.
“Then to get through in 18th, barely making it through to Q2, then to throw a huge burner, I have to thank Leon Haslam for that for the tow. We then made a small change for Q3 and it just didn’t pay off, we did a few 2:06’s and skipped 2:07’s. I’m really confident for the race, we have a few things to work on to get longevity for the whole 14 laps, but we have to take everything as it comes.
“The plan is to just try and get away with the front group tomorrow, as long as I can get away with the boys I think I can run with them for a while. I’m going to be riding 100 percent, and we just have to take it step by step.”
A frustrated but pleased Winfield added: “We had a little bit of nightmare right at the start with a slight technical problem on the bike. All the boys jumped on it and did a great job to get it back up and running, because it isn’t an easy job what they have done. But luckily they found it really fast and managed to get me out on track.
“As I left pitlane the tyre was cold because it was sat being worked on, and I nearly high sided as I left for the circuit and I got a little bit excited because I knew I only had one lap to really put a time in. Martin Jessop was a little bit ahead of me and I used him as my marker, and it was tough track conditions and my tyre was cold, so that was sketchy at times, I had a few out of the seat moments but I managed to do a one lap wonder and put in a good time.
“It’s not really where we want to be but we’re in front of Easton and Michael Dunlop which is pretty good. I’m feeling confident ahead of tomorrow, I just need to get a good start and get away with the group I should be with, not where I am.”