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Proton Team KR

Proton Team KR

Round 14: Australian GP, Phillip Jurgen van den Goorbergh: Sixth Position, 1:34.814

Proton Team KR rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh challenged for the provisional front row in today´s first qualifying session for Sunday´s Australian GP, missing the target by less than three tenths of a second, in a bunch of very close times, with the first nine riders within a second of the fastest.

Jurgen´s run came at the end of a hectic session, with the team working flat out to get the bike as close to race trim as possible, as well as getting a good lap time, in case today´s bad weather turns even worse tomorrow. The track was dry for this afternoon´s first timed session, with only a few damp patches from earlier showers, but a strong and cold wind persisted, making life hard for the riders as they tried to predict what the next gust would do to them.

If the rain returns tomorrow, then today´s times will probably determine the starting grid.


´It looked like it would stay dry for the whole session, so we worked really hard on set-up during the session. The team were making changes really quickly, so I could go out and try them. We did get the bike better, but we still need to make it more stable, and to get the throttle response better - that is costing me at least a tenth of a second. These winds make it very difficult, though it looks like our fairing design works okay. You need to more aggressive with the tyres when it is windy, but the trouble there is that if do get blown off your line, you´re going that much faster. I´m happy with progress so far though, and happy with the position. It´s better than I´d expected, and it shows how close we are´.

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