Assen: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

Troy on the front row, Yukio just behind. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama finished third and seventh in Superpole today and will start tomorrow's pair of 16-lap races just behind each other on the grid....

Troy on the front row, Yukio just behind.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama finished third and seventh in Superpole today and will start tomorrow's pair of 16-lap races just behind each other on the grid. Chris Vermeulen (Honda) was the surprise of Superpole, posting a lap of 2:04.179, over half second ahead of his nearest rival - James Toseland (Ducati). Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) completes the front row of the grid, making it four different manufacturers across the front line.

TROY - 3rd, 2:05.005
As long as I am on the front row, I'm happy - though winning Superpole is always nice! We used a new engine this afternoon and it felt a bit different and I think that is what prevented me from going any faster. Having said that, Chris (Vermeulen) did a fantastic lap and he fully deserved Superpole. Assen is a very technical and hard track and I don't think anybody is going to clear off at the start. It could end up a very tactical race and a lot will depend on how the tyres are at the end. I've never won here before, but my aim is to leave Assen with my points lead intact or increased whatever the situation.

YUKIO - 7th, 2:05.434
Yesterday I made some predictions about today and they didn't come true. Sorry, change of schedule! The qualifying tyres today did not work as well as yesterday and there were some places (on my Superpole lap) where the bike was sliding too much and so I lost time. We will try a little change to the bike in the warm-up tomorrow and see if we can improve it. The second row is not so bad and if I can get a good start then maybe one of my predictions will still come true.

-tas-

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