Monza: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

'MR SUPERPOLE' STRIKES AGAIN! Once again Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his 'Mr Superpole" reputation with a stunning performance at the end of the 16-rider shoot-out today. Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) ...

'MR SUPERPOLE' STRIKES AGAIN!

Once again Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his 'Mr Superpole" reputation with a stunning performance at the end of the 16-rider shoot-out today. Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) had stormed his way round the 5.793 kilometre course and looked a certainty to claim pole position. Troy Corser made a cautious start and was down at the first split, but then charged back into contention with a faster second split. The third split was pure magic - with Troy's drive through and out of the Parabolica virtually perfect. At the end, he finished three tenths of a second ahead of his rival. Third quickest is Alex Barros (Honda), with Regis Laconi (Kawasaki) fourth - making it four different manufacturers on the front row of the grid. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama struggled with a very painful right hand and then made a small mistake at the first chicane on his Superpole lap. It was enough to relegate him to the ninth fastest time and a third row grid place. Joining him on row three is Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra Fabien Foret.

TROY CORSER 1st, 1:46.058
After taking things pretty steadily yesterday because of the weather, it was good to be able to push harder today. The bike worked pretty well and the guys gave me a great package to use on my Superpole lap. In the free practice before Superpole we tried a new qualifying tyre and decided to use it for Superpole. I was a bit cautious on the brakes going into the first chicane, but when I felt that the tyre was going to stick OK, I started to go for it. The second split was good and the third was perfect. For that I have to thank the whole team. Races at Monza are never easy because it's so difficult to get a gap on the field and I think there's going to be a lot of tactics going on. My aim is to stay in the front group, see how it goes and then make my move when I think the time is right.

YUKIO KAGAYAMA 9th, 1:47.156
My right hand is a problem. I put on some strapping and then helped a lot, but after one lap or so I started to lose feeling in the hand, so I don't think it's going to be possible to race with it strapped up. Although there are many fast corners here, there are also some chicanes and that's where I find it hard getting the bike to change direction quickly enough. I made a small mistake at the first chicane on my Superpole lap and the back end came off the ground. That lost me a lot of time and I could only finish ninth today. I need two very good starts tomorrow and my hand to last the distance without any big problems. It's not going to be an easy day!

FABIEN FORET 12th, 1: 48.009
On the positive side I managed to qualify for Superpole OK and that was good considering the problems I had in practice - mainly to do with the rear shock. We solved the problem in the afternoon untimed practice and I felt more comfortable straightaway. But I don't think I was aggressive enough on my Superpole lap and so ended twelfth. It's going to be two long, hard races tomorrow and I need good starts if I am to have any chance of good results.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama , Laconi Régis