It's an all 2-stroke front row at Phillip Island:Yes, they'll probably be overtaken by the 4-strokes before the first corner; yes, 4-strokes are the future--but what a great accomplishment and a fitting send-off for the smokers with only one round to go.Jeremy McWilliams turned in a sensational performance at Phillip Island this afternoon to take his second pole position at the Australian venue on a day of glory for his Proton team. The lightweight KR3 machine proved perfectly suited to the flowing track and the team´s joy at McWilliams´ record lap of 1´31.919 was complete when Nobuatsu Aoki slotted into third place on the grid as the chequered flag was waved. With home hero Garry McCoy taking his Dunlop-shod Red Bull Yamaha YZR500 to second place on the grid, Jurgen vd Goorbergh made it the first all two-stroke, non-Michelin front row of the season by clinching fourth aboard the Kanemoto Honda NSR500, on Bridgestone like McWilliams and Aoki.
It's hard not to admire McWilliams; didn't start racing until 24 yrs of age and willing to hang it out for pole position at 38--imagine the corner speed needed to overcome a 20km/h deficit on the start/finish straight.
Anyone out there know if we can get the qualifying stuff for MotoGP and WSBK on satellite?