Imola: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

Front row for Troy, Yukio just behind. A small crash in the afternoon untimed qualifying today was just enough to make Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Corser Troy start his Superpole lap a bit cautiously. He was down on time in the first...

Front row for Troy, Yukio just behind.

A small crash in the afternoon untimed qualifying today was just enough to make Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Corser Troy start his Superpole lap a bit cautiously. He was down on time in the first split and that probably cost him the Superpole win. But he is on the front row and well-placed to contest the lead right from the start of tomorrow's pair of 21-lap races. Chris Vermeulen (Honda) smashed the lap record to take his second Superpole win with a time of 1:48.075. Second is Regis Laconi (Ducati), with Troy third and James Toseland (Ducati) fourth. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama found the setting sun difficult to cope with and lost his braking markers a few times on his way to the seventh fastest lap in Superpole.

TROY - 3rd, 1:48.506

In the afternoon untimed session we did a simulated race distance and I was pretty happy with my lap times on race rubber. Right at the end of the session I slipped off going into turn one and that affected my approach to that turn when I did my Superpole lap. Obviously the crash was in the back of my mind and so my first split suffered. I think my second and third splits were pretty much the same as Chris Vermeulen, so if I could've done a better first split, I would've been on pole. But, the front row is good enough and the four of us and any on row two are in with a chance. I don't think anybody is going to make a real break, so it looks like it's going to be two long, hard races.

YUKIO - 7th, 1:49.271

Going out so late in the day was a bit of a problem for me because the sun was very low and reflecting off the track in some places. I couldn't see exactly where I was going and I missed my brake markers a few times, so my lap time was not as fast as it could've been. As it is my first time here I think, with more experience, the sun would not have been a problem. Second row is OK and I plan to make a good start and challenge the leaders straightaway. I think the races will be close and I hope to be fighting for a podium. I am very satisfied with the set-up of my bike and know which tyres I will use for the races, so now I want to race.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama