Assen: Team Alstare Suzuki Friday report

LEARNING THE NEW CIRCUIT Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama used today to learn the new Assen layout and try out different gearing and tyres. The whole northern loop section has been completely revised and now...

LEARNING THE NEW CIRCUIT

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama used today to learn the new Assen layout and try out different gearing and tyres. The whole northern loop section has been completely revised and now features a series of slow turns before rejoining the circuit after the Strubben.

At the end of the first qualifying, Yukio finished with the seventh fastest time and Troy twelfth. Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) posted the day's quickest time, with a lap of 1:39.336, with his team mate Lorenzo Lanzi second fastest. Third is Michel Fabrizio (Honda), with James Toseland, also Honda-mounted, fourth.

YUKIO - 7th, 1:40.567
Although seventh is not particularly a good position I am happy because I enjoyed myself on the bike today. Also, I think I am one of the few riders who actually likes the new first section! I am even using the same gear ratios! I compared the position of my split times there this year compared to last year and I am happy because I am higher up this time! I I had no big problems today and spent most of the time learning the new track layout and trying different tyres. At the moment I am happy with everything, but I need to finish in the top four tomorrow and make sure of a good grid place.

TROY - 12th, 1:40.837
No dramas, no worries today, just cruising, learning the track and trying out different gearing. I don't like the new section at all and feel the flowing nature of the track has been spolit. But I understand why they've done what they've done and it's up to all of us to just get on with it. I had a few little problems with the brakes, but nothing too serious. I'm not worried about being twelfth today, it's what happens tomorrow that counts.

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama , Michel Fabrizio , Lorenzo Lanzi