Brno: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

TEAM ALSTARE WORKING TOGETHER SUPERBLY. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama will start tomorrow's pair of 20-lap races alongside each other on the second row of the grid. For Troy that is a big relief as this...

TEAM ALSTARE WORKING TOGETHER SUPERBLY.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama will start tomorrow's pair of 20-lap races alongside each other on the second row of the grid. For Troy that is a big relief as this morning he was struggling to get into the top fifteen after suffering problems with wheelspin and lack of grip. But, in the afternoon untimed session he tried Yukio's set-up and immediately began to get more comfortable with his bike. Troy had missed the recent Brno test due to illness and the information that Yukio and his team provided made up for some of that lost time. Thanks to the info, Troy managed to finish fifth quickest in the 16-rider Superpole shoot-out. Yukio had qualified fastest in regular qualifying, but he tried a bit too hard on his Superpole lap and lost time, finally ending sixth. Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) put in an absolute stormer of a Superpole lap and his time of 2:00.457 was over three seconds quicker then the lap record!. Second is James Toseland (Honda), with Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) third and series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) fourth. Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret finished 11th, but his lap time of 2:02.124 is within touching distance of the front row.

TROY - 5th, 2:01.351

Well I'm much happier this afternoon then I was this morning or yesterday. Missing the Brno test has made it very hard for me these two days because we just couldn't get the bike working well at all. I wasn't happy after this morning's qualifying, so we decided to try Yukio's set-up in the afternoon. He'd been at the tests, so we thought we might as well give his set-up a go. Normally I wouldn't have believed that I would be able to get on so well with his set-up, but it was a big improvement on what we'd been getting up until then! It's not perfect for me, but it was a big step in the right direction, so I've got to say a big 'thank you' to Yukio and his crew for helping me out. I am happy not to have been any lower then the second row of the grid and now if I can get a couple of good starts I feel that I can run with the leaders for sure. It's going to be two long, hard races tomorrow and I'm sure that we're all going to suffer tyre problems in the races, so it may be down to whoever uses their tyres best.

YUKIO - 6th, 2P:01.453

In my Superpole lap, I tried my best , but it was not enough! It is my style to open the gas hard and maybe, just maybe, this was not the best thing to do in Superpole. But, the second row is OK and, as long as I make good starts, I can get good results. My physical condition is so much better now then the past few months and I cannot wait for the races tomorrow. My team have worked unbelievably hard recently (I cannot believe it!) so I want to get good results tomorrow so that I can say 'thank you' to them.

FABIEN - 11th, 2:02.124

I am quite happy with my Superpole lap and the third row of the grid is not so bad I think. My bike is working well and I am also happy because my lap times are not so far from pole. I didn't have any big problems today and we spent most of the time trying to find a good set-up and balance for the race. Yesterday I was a bit uncertain as to which tyres I will use for the race, but now I know exactly which ones to choose. I am hoping to make good starts, run with the leaders and get a pair of solid top ten finishes.

-tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Fabien Foret , Yukio Kagayama , Lorenzo Lanzi