American Kenny Noyes, leading the FIM CEV International Superbike Championship by 14 points, will start second in the two 20-laps races Sunday (July 6) at Albacete, Spain.
Riding the Palmeto ZX10R Kawasaki, Noyes has started on the pole at the previous four races, has started on the front row at every race this season. The top six riders at the tight, 2.2 mile circuit are separated by less than eight tenths of a second.
Spaniard Ángel Rodriguez will start from the pole alongside Noyes and fellow-Spaniard Ivan Silva. Noyes´ Venezuelan teammate, Robertino Pietri, sixth in the morning, was a strong fourth in the afternoon session.
Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees by 2:PM when race two begins. Sunday´s two races will take the championship into the second half of the ten-race season.
Coming off three big GP tracks to Albacete is like in Dirt Track going from three miles to a TT. I didn´t feel comfortable all day Friday but today I've got to thank the team and Michelin for some big improvements.
The pole got away from us because I couldn´t find any free track. I kept getting balked and finally did my best time on the third lap with my qualifier when it was already going off. I only improved by a tenth on the Q-tire. I think I could have done a mid 1.29 if I’d had a clean run, but we´re on the front row and that´s what counts.
I think we can fight for the win in both race races but maybe not against the same rivals. I think the Dunlop guys will be fast in the cooler morning race, but I expect Silva on the BMW to be fast when the track heats up in the afternoon. I think the race will be decided over the last 6 or 7 of the each 20-lap race and fitness is going to be important.