Engine Problem Thwarts Webb In Qualifying

Danny Webb was left to rue an engine problem which prevented him from doing better than 22nd in qualifying for tomorrow's Czech Republic Grand Prix. The Briton was a superb fourth in the morning's wet practice session but a problem in the afternoon prevented him from using the full rev-range of the GP125's engine.

With Webb starting tomorrow's race lower than expected, the 20 year old is already plotting his charge through the field.

“This morning we were both well up there and I was happy with the performance of the bike, but this afternoon was a real struggle. It was really frustrating. If we can get the engine running like it was this morning again, we'll have to get out our hammers and smash our way through the field but I think we can still have a good race. It's not the race yet and we still have morning warm-up to sort things out and I know the team are working really hard to continue improving our performance and points-score race-by-race.”

Marcel Schrotter will start alongside Webb in 23rd after suffering a similar problem to his teammate. The German is similarly confident that he will be able to move forward in the race as long as the problem is fixed.

“It's been a frustrating day because this morning things were looking good and I was happy, but then things weren't as easy in qualifying. Something changed and the engine would not get to its full rpm. I was behind some riders and in the corners they were holding me up so I am confident we have a good setup, but on the straights they got away again. I was losing time every straight as I wasn't able to use all of the engine's power. We know the bike is capable of much more so now we need to work hard to find it for tomorrow's race.”