Title in the bag, so Troy ready to finish in style.
At Imola last weekend, Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser duly wrapped up the 2005 Superbike World Championship, completing a remarkable triple. It was Troy's second Superbike Word title, Suzuki's first and also the first time that Suzuki has taken the Manufacturer's Title. The last fact is particularly noteworthy as there are only two Suzukis on the grid this season (Troy and Yukio Kagayama) against a phalanx of Ducatis, Hondas and Yamahas. Troy is also the first rider, in World Superbike history, to win the title on two different marques - his first was on a privateer Ducati in 1996.
Troy, Yukio and the Alstare team are heading for Magny-Cours in a relaxed state of mind, but they want to end the season in style, so there will be no lessening of effort. Both Troy and Yukio were happy when they tested there recently and Yukio, for once, will not be seeing a circuit for the first time on a Friday practice. Magny-Cours circuit was originally built to stage an F1 race, and this will the third year in a row that the track has hosted a World Superbike event. Last year saw a dramatic end to the season, when Briton James Toseland snatched the title from his team mate and local favourite Regis Laconi in the final race.
It was great to take the title last weekend and not have to worry about waiting until Magny-Cours to do it. It is a shame that the second race was cancelled in Imola, but the conditions were far too dangerous to race. We had a little celebration on Sunday night with the whole team, but we'll be saving the proper party for Sunday night at Magny-Cours. Before that though, we've got some business to attend to. I feel very good about Magny-Cours and I will be aiming to finish the season in style with a couple of wins. I was very happy when we tested there, so we'll be starting the weekend with lots of information and ready to race. Two wins would be good, though I suppose I could share the wins with Yukio and end the season as we started in Qatar.
Firstly I'd like to congratulate Troy-san for the title. It's important for him, our team and also Suzuki. I don't think Suzuki have realised this achievement yet, because the season is not over. I am happy to go to Magny-Cours because I have tested there and so it will not be yet another new circuit for me to learn. Imola was a disappointment for me, but I hope to make a good show at Magny-Cours and end with a couple of podiums - and maybe a win.