Lausitz: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

ROW TWO FOR THE ALSTARE DUO. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama both suffered from tyre problems on their Superpole laps and were unable to maintain their top three placings from regular qualifying. Both ...

ROW TWO FOR THE ALSTARE DUO.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama both suffered from tyre problems on their Superpole laps and were unable to maintain their top three placings from regular qualifying. Both Troy and Yukio's qualifying tyres didn't work as well as expected in the cooler conditions this afternoon, but the duo are confident that their race rubber will be more competitive tomorrow. Once again it was Troy Bayliss (Ducati) who took Superpole, with the only sub 1:38 lap of the 16-rider shoot-out. Second is Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha), with James Toseland (Honda) third and Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) fourth.

TROY - 6th, 1:38.507
I knew from turn one that winning Superpole was going to be out of the question because our qualifying tyre just doesn't seem to work so well when the conditions are cooler. I knew I was down on the first split and although I tried my hardest, I just couldn't make up the time. We made a little change to the bike just before Superpole, and the grip level was down a little. But sixth place on the grid is not so bad and, as long as I make good starts, podiums are by no means out of the question. I'm pretty happy with the set-up of the bike on race rubber and feel we can still challenge for a podium or two for sure. Lausitz is almost a one-line racetrack, so I need to be in the front pack otherwise it's easy to lose ground. Hopefully the conditions will be a bit warmer tomorrow and that would make our tyre life a bit better. We'll have to see.

YUKIO - 8th, 1:38.734
I am disappointed today because I really felt that I could do a 1:37 lap. But on my Superpole lap, my front tyre kept tucking in and the grip was not so good. It was not the same feeling as I had with this type of tyre in practice, so maybe the track was much colder. I pushed as hard as I dared, but I did not want to crash. I need two good starts tomorrow, but this is my plan. I want to be on the podium again!

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama