Yamaha’s Stefan Everts qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Europe in Teutschenthal, Germany, the Belgian ending up half a second quicker than defending World Champion Mickael Pichon, the man who has won the opening two rounds of the series.
“I gave all I had to take pole today but Teutschenthal is a hard circuit to make a perfect lap,” Pichon said in a team press release. “I don’t like being second, even in the chrono. This afternoon was more or less an identical situation as two years ago when [Frederic] Bolley was a bit faster than me and I could not beat him; however I won the race so I will be happy if the weekend works out the same way. I will try not to think about last year. The start is difficult here, but I will not make the same mistake.”
Honda’s Brian Jorgensen ended the day third, just ahead of Yamaha’s Claudio Federici and KTM’s Joel Smets.
1. Stefan Everts (Yamaha) 1:56.148
2. Mickael Pichon (Suzuki) 1:56.605
3. Brian Jorgensen (Honda) 1:56.723
4. Claudio Federici (Yamaha) 1:56.758
5. Joel Smets (KTM) 1:57.092
6. Kenneth Gundersen (Kawasaki) 1:57.096
7. Andrew McFarlane (Kawasaki) 1:57.277
8. James Dobb (KTM) 1:57.665
9. Manuel Monni (Honda) 1:58.117
10. Patrick Caps (Honda) 1:58.123