Yukio takes two podiums in final round. Troy bags a fifth and a fourth. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama ended the season in style at Magny-Cours. Yukio took a pair of superb runner-up spots, while Troy...
Yukio takes two podiums in final round. Troy bags a fifth and a fourth. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama ended the season in style at Magny-Cours. Yukio took a pair of superb runner-up spots, while Troy Corser made a mockery of his fourth row grid place to take a fifth and a fourth.
A broken chain was all that stood between Chris Vermeulen and two wins at the last round of the Championship at Magny-Cours. The Australian Honda rider cruised to an easy victory in race one and was fending off a hard-charging Caracchi Ducati's Lorenzo Lanzi in the second when his chain let go with more than half the race run. Chris's retirement then allowed Yukio Kagayama to add a second 2nd place to the one he secured in the first encounter, with Toseland and Noriyuki Haga gaining a 3rd each.
I had a good start to the season and a bad middle section which means that I am very happy to finish the season with two podiums. I enjoyed the second race very much dicing with Nori Haga. I am a crazy Japanese rider but I learnt my craziness from Haga-San. I want to thank my team for all the good work this season and hope next year will be even better.
Obviously I was always going to have my work cut out starting from 16th on the grid as it is very tricky to pass on this track unless you have a perfect set-up. I made a few mistakes in the first race which meant I was always trying to make up places again. I had a good start in the 2nd race but then at the restart I got boxed in but had some great dicing along the way to fight my up to 4th. It's not what I wanted but I feel I did as much as I could. I have to thank Yukio for all the good work he did, particularly in testing, and the whole team for making it a fantastic year.