Lausitz: Team Alstare Suzuki Friday report

SECOND AND THIRD FOR TROY AND YUKIO ON DAY ONE. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama finished the first day of qualifying at the Eurospeedway Lausitz well placed in second and third positions. Both will ...

SECOND AND THIRD FOR TROY AND YUKIO ON DAY ONE.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama finished the first day of qualifying at the Eurospeedway Lausitz well placed in second and third positions. Both will use tomorrow morning's timed qualifying to improve their GSX-R1000 K6 Suzukis and then go all-out in Superpole in the afternoon.

The 4.265 kilometre circuit, with its mixture of fast straights and slow turns, always means that the best combination of set-up and gearing is vital for consistent fast laps. Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) set the quickest time of the day, with a lap of 1:38.331, right in the closing stages of the session. Completing the provisional front row is Aussie Andrew Pitt (Yamaha).

TROY - 2nd, 1:38.550
Well that's the happiest I've been for a long time - on a Friday afternoon. I was the quickest out there today, but then I think that Bayliss stuck in a softer tyre right at the end of the session. The grip was definitely up since this morning and that made quite a difference to our set-up. We tried some different gearings this afternoon and it was better in some places and not so good in others, so now we'll change the internals and we should be able to improve quite a bit. But, as I said, I'm pretty happy this afternoon.

YUKIO - 3rd, 1:38.869
This morning my body felt a little tired but I think that's because I was fighting a cold or maybe 'flu. But, in the afternoon, I felt much better and I was more comfortable on the bike because I was able to concentrate harder. The lap times this afternoon are not so bad, but I prefer a higher position! I had a problem with one tyre today, but apart from that nothing serious. Tomorrow we'll change the rear suspension a little to see if I can get the power down better exiting the turns.

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Andrew Pitt , Troy Corser