Magny-Cours: Yamaha Teams preview

Yamaha riders moving on up as penultimate round approaches Both Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) and Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) have good reason to look forward to the forthcoming WSB weekend in France, as each is ...

Yamaha riders moving on up as penultimate round approaches

Both Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) and Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) have good reason to look forward to the forthcoming WSB weekend in France, as each is enjoying a late season flourish of form.

Haga won both of the most recent WSB races at Vallelunga, while Corser has scored three podium finishes in the past three races. They each have good memories of Magny Cours as well, boosting their collective confidence still further.

Haga took a double at the French circuit in 2007 and Corser has won two of his record 42 Superpole qualifying contests at the 4.411km circuit near Nevers. Haga now has six race wins to his credit this season, contributing to a career total of 32.

The results of Vallelunga two weeks ago now leave Corser second and Haga third in the championship table, and with championship leader Troy Bayliss leaving Italy with a reduced championship advantage of 79 points over Corser, the goal this weekend for both Yamaha riders is to score wins.

The Magny-Cours circuit has been a regular on the World Championship calendar since 2003, and its flat elevation and smooth tarmac should help the experienced team find good machine set-up early on in race weekend. The track layout was originally designed as a compendium of corners from other Formula One Grand Prix circuits, hence the names of the some of the corners, like Adelaide, Imola, Estoril and Nurburgring.

For Corser, the penultimate round will offer him more chances to take his first win in Yamaha WSB racing colours. "We have been going very well in the last few rounds and at Magny-Cours the bike should be as good as it's ever been again. I've pretty much always had strong results there and the bike seems to work there pretty well too. I think we have had the bike and the settings worked out since Monza and I have felt strong on the bike every weekend. We go to Magny-Cours with good results in the last few races and that helps us going into another weekend. It keeps us moving forwards. We're out to win because that's always what we aim to do."

Haga is fully charged and ready to go this weekend. "Magny-Cours is always good for me. Last year we won both races so of course we would like to do the same this year too. Anyway, scoring a double at Vallelunga was fantastic so we will keep it the same for the rest of the races. We never give up!"

Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha Team YZF) was energised by his fabulous top ten performances at Vallelunga, and enters his team's home round full of bounce and vigour.

The GMT 94 is another French-based WSB team looking out for top results at home, confident in the knowledge that Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha GMT94) has taken Yamaha machinery close to podium finishes at this circuit more than once in the past. His team-mate David Checa (Yamaha GMT94) is just ahead of Gimbert in the championship standings.

Technically speaking - Magny-Cours according to Massimo Meregalli (Yamaha Motor Italia Team Manager)

"We won't see any new technology at Magny-Cours and the reason is simple. We won both races in Vallelunga, so the bike is clearly very good right now. We can win two races again this weekend. The set-up for the bikes should not be a problem because Magny-Cours is always good for us. The surface is very flat, has good grip and we have seldom had any problems there. I think we can record two top results. Overall, podiums are not enough now, we need wins."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , David Checa , Troy Corser , Sébastien Gimbert , Shinichi Nakatomi