Donington Park: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

ROW TWO FOR MAX, NO START FOR YUKIO. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi will start from the second row of the grid at tomorrow's third round of the Superbike World Championship at Donington. Max had struggled a little in...

ROW TWO FOR MAX, NO START FOR YUKIO.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi will start from the second row of the grid at tomorrow's third round of the Superbike World Championship at Donington. Max had struggled a little in qualifying, but then put in a blistering lap of 1:32.182 in the afternoon practice, over two seconds quicker then his previous best time! He then followed that by going even faster in Superpole, but many of his rivals also went quicker. At the end of the 16-rider Superpole shoot-out, Max finished seventh. His team mate Yukio Kagayama underwent a further examination this morning before practice and, although he was eager to race, the medics declared him 'unfit' and so he took no part in today's proceedings.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati) took Superpole with a lap of 1:30.370, nearly a second quicker then his nearest rival Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). Third quickest is Regis Laconi (Kawasaki), with James Toseland (Honda) completing the front row of the grid.

MAX - 7th, 1:31.689
I was happier after my performance in the untimed session this afternoon, but I knew Superpole would be hard. I managed to go a bit faster on my Superpole lap, but so did some other riders and so I ended seventh. But the second row of the grid is not so bad, especially if I can make my usual good start. There are two very long races tomorrow and anything can happen, so we'll just have to see how it goes. I'll be aiming for two good starts and two good results - hopefully podiums.

YUKIO (non-starter)
I wanted to race today, but the doctors said 'NO!' This morning my back was a bit sore but that was all. I could remember everything form yesterday, no problem. But if the doctors tell you not to race, that is that! Now I'm looking forward to the next race at Valencia and putting these disasters behind me.

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Yukio Kagayama , Laconi Régis