Imola: Team Alstare Engineering Saturday report

SUPER SIXTH FOR MAX! Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Max Neukirchner embarrassed many of the top factory riders at Imola today by posting the sixth fastest lap in Superpole. The German led the charge for over half of the 16-rider ...

SUPER SIXTH FOR MAX!
Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Max Neukirchner embarrassed many of the top factory riders at Imola today by posting the sixth fastest lap in Superpole. The German led the charge for over half of the 16-rider Superpole shoot-out and was only beaten by determined rides from the leading contenders. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) took Superpole with a tremendous lap of 1:48.804 - the only rider to dip into the 1:48s. Second was James Toseland (Honda) with Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) third and then Max's fellow Alstare riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama fourth and fifth respectively.

MAX - 6th, 1:49.840
I am very happy with my Superpole lap, even though I made a little mistake during it. But sixth is pretty good considering everything and it's a sign that I am getting to understand the Alstare Engineering bike more and more. Unfortunately I had a bit of a crash in the afternoon practice and although I was OK, the bike was pretty badly damaged. I'm afraid I gave my mechanics a lot of work to do. Sixth was good today, but what's important is tomorrow. I need a couple of good starts and be strong throughout the two races. If I can do that, I can look forward to a couple of good finishes.

-credit: team alstare engineering

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Andrew Pitt , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama , Max Neukirchner