TEAM ALSTARE ENCOURAGED AFTER BRNO. The last round at Brno, was a very strong one for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra and particularly for Yukio Kagayama. The Japanese rider returned from a short trip home, fit and refreshed and took Brno ...
TEAM ALSTARE ENCOURAGED AFTER BRNO.
The last round at Brno, was a very strong one for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra and particularly for Yukio Kagayama. The Japanese rider returned from a short trip home, fit and refreshed and took Brno by storm, winning both races - his first ever WSBK double. Despite problems in qualifying Troy Corser put in a couple of solid finishes, taking a fifth in race one and a fourth in race two. Fortified and encouraged by events in the Czech Republic, Team Alstare are ready to carry on the good work at Brands Hatch, an event that is now much more then just another round in the calendar. Brands Hatch's unique setting and layout always provides close-quarter action and it is arguably the best-attended event in the calendar. Last year Troy won the first race and finished second in the other, with Yukio scoring a lowly pair of ninths. This year, both riders will be going all-out for podium places, with Yukio particularly eager to do well in front of all his British fans.
Brands is not just another round of the championship anymore - it's an event! The place has a fantastic atmosphere because the crowd are so close to the track and sometimes you can almost feel them breathing down your neck! It's quite a technical track and not the easiest place for overtaking, so a good grid place is pretty much crucial. I wasn't happy with Brno, so Brands will be a good chance for me to get some good results and keep up the momentum in the championship. Obviously, we all need Bayliss to make a slip-up or two, but otherwise there's going to be a very big battle for second spot.
I was so happy after Brno and now I am looking forward to Brands Hatch so much because of the years I raced in England, I have many British fans and I want to do well for them - not like last year! Brands is a special place and maybe the best WSBK event of the year because of all the fans and the big atmosphere. Now that I am almost back to full fitness, I want another couple of good results at Brands Hatch. I am not sure that it will be possible to do another double, but I will be trying my hardest - as usual.