Magny-Cours: Team Alstare Suzuki race report

TROY ENDS WITH TWO PODIUMS! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser finished the season in style with two very hard-fought for podiums at Magny-Cours today. He was involved in a terrific dogfight for both of the 23-lappers but, ...

TROY ENDS WITH TWO PODIUMS!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser finished the season in style with two very hard-fought for podiums at Magny-Cours today. He was involved in a terrific dogfight for both of the 23-lappers but, although he didn't get the win he wanted so badly, his third place in race one and second in race two was enough to move him into fourth in the championship. His team mate Yukio Kagayama suffered rear grip problems in both races, finishing fifth in the first race and ninth in the second.

James Toseland (Honda) won the first race, with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) second and Troy third, after a battle that had the 61,000 strong crowd jumping up and down with excitement. Race two was yet another titanic battle, but this time newly-crowned champion Troy Bayliss (Ducati) took the win, with Troy second after fighting off Toseland in the closing stages.

TROY - Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 2nd
Today was a fantastic advert for Superbike racing and both races were awesome. It was great to be involved in both races and I'm sure the fans and TV audiences enjoyed them. The bike worked really well today and I always felt that I could get a couple of podiums or maybe even a win. The boys worked their socks off - just like they've done all year and it's great to finish my two-year spell with Alstare on a high note. Everybody has supported me so well throughout my time here and I'd like to thank them all, as well as Francis and Patricia Batta of course.

YUKIO - Race 1: 5th, Race 2: 9th
It was not such a good day for me and I am disappointed with the way things worked out. I had grip problems in both races and that meant I could not push hard at all. The rear grip was a problem in the first race, so we made some adjustments to the bike for the second race. We used the same tyre, but the feeling of the bike was worse! I didn't want to pull in, so I just kept going and tried to finish with some good points.

-credit: tas

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