Superstock 1000 at Imola: Roberto Tamburini rides his Aprilia RSV4 to the front of the pack in qualifying

Team Aprilia Nuova M2 Racing hit the bullseye it has been aiming for since the season start with a pole position for Roberto Tamburini on his RSV4 RF, the result of the entire team's hard work. In the time of need, they were punctual, precise and as coordinated as a symphony orchestra.

After a harmless crash, the rider from Rimini managed to get back to the garage with all the mechanics lined up along pit lane awaiting his arrival. They skilfully and quickly completed a job that was planned out to the smallest detail, sending Roberto Tamburini back out on the track where he was able to take pole position in the few minutes left on the clock.

Kevin Calia was forced to abort his last lap due to a red flag just as he was improving his times with the first row within a shout. He finished with an excellent fifth place that bodes well for the race tomorrow. 

"Pretty positive qualifiers. I crashed a few laps into the session but fortunately I was able to get back to the garage and the mechanics did a great job sorting my Aprilia so I could get back out. I was able to get a good lap in even though I wasn't entirely all right after the crash. We took pole position but we'll keep working to improve the feeling. This is our first pole of the year and now we're waiting for the race tomorrow to have some fun! I would like to thank the entire team for the great job they did, my friends who came out to support me, my family and all the sponsors who believe in me."

"The qualifiers went well enough, but it's a shame I ran into traffic during my flying lap and caught the red flag just as I was starting to improve my times. The second row is satisfactory although I'm not entirely pleased with it. We're close to the leaders and we have a good pace. Tomorrow in the race I'll give it my all to give everyone who came out to see me a good show. My heartfelt thanks to all the friends who are supporting me here at my home race."