Assen: Team Alstare Suzuki race report

Frustrating day for Troy and Yukio. The ninth round of the 2005 Superbike World Championship was a frustrating experience for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama, but Troy left the circuit still with a ...

Frustrating day for Troy and Yukio.

The ninth round of the 2005 Superbike World Championship was a frustrating experience for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama, but Troy left the circuit still with a healthy lead in the points standing.

The problems with wheelspin that dogged Troy throughout practice continued today and that prevented him from putting his GSX-R1000 on the podium for the first time this season. But he still managed to pick up a pair of fourth places and takes an eighty-six points lead into the next round.

Yukio suffered a little from set-up problems in the first race and rear end chatter in the second and ended up sixth in race one and eleventh in race two. Young Aussie Chris Vermeulen won both 16-lappers today, but he was made to fight hard for both of them with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and James Toseland (Ducati). Toseland took runner-up spot in the first race with Haga third, but the positions were reversed in race two.

TROY - Race 1: 4th, Race 2: 4th
Today was a bit frustrating really, but I suppose if you had to have an off weekend this one was too bad. All weekend we've had problems with wheelspin and yesterday afternoon we changed an engine and that affected the set-up of the bike. Perhaps we lost our way a little then, but in the morning warm-up today things were pretty good, so we thought we'd be OK. But in both races I had problems with wheelspin and I couldn't get on the gas unless the bike was more or less upright. That cost me a lot of time each lap - enough for me not to be able to stay with the leaders. I pushed the front as hard as I've ever pushed it - any more and I would've crashed - but at least we got a couple of fourths. I would have liked to have left Assen with a few more points in the bag, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

YUKIO - Race 1: 6th, Race 2: 11th
This is not how I planned the weekend! Before today, I believed that a podium or two was possible, so I am not so happy. In race one, it took me five laps to find my rhythm, but by then the front group had gone. My bike's balance was not perfect, but I think I lapped as fast as the leaders in the second part of the race, but it was too late. I had big problems in the second race with rear end chatter after five laps. I had started well - third - and was fighting hard, but when the chattering started I couldn't keep my position. In the end, all I could do was keep going and bring my bike home.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama